New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) Wednesday gave the final verdict stating that except for Delhi, all states can use existing firecrackers this Diwali. The national capital and its neighbouring areas have to stick to “green crackers” to keep the pollution levels in check. Also Read - 'Close Your Legs': Judge's Advice to Woman, For Prevention of Sexual Assault, Costs Him His Job
A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said firecrackers already produced can be sold in this festival season only in other parts of the country. It said its direction on community bursting of firecrackers will apply pan India for two hours. “Its directions on the ban on the sale of firecrackers through e-commerce websites will apply pan India,” the court said. Also Read - States Should Not Charge Travel Fare From Migrants And Need to Provide Food, Water to Them, Says Supreme Court
The apex court has also allowed the southern states to burst crackers for two hours in the day, from 4 AM to 5 AM and from 9 PM to 10 PM. The SC had modified its last week’s order on Tuesday that earlier restricted the use of green firecrackers from 8 PM to 10 PM on Diwali to tackle air pollution. Also Read - Unprecedented Measures Taken For Unprecedented Crisis, Centre Tells Supreme Court During Hearing on Migrants' Plight
The Tamil Nadu government on Monday had urged the Supreme Court to allow bursting of firecrackers on Diwali morning as per religious practices in the state. The petition had said the state should be given permission between 4.30 AM to 6.30 AM as well.
The SC bench, led by Justice AK Sikri, had last week ruled out a complete ban on bursting firecrackers and allowed green crackers for Diwali and other religious festivals but only for two hours, between 8 PM and 10 PM.