New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday responded to Tamil Nadu government’s request for extending the timings for burning firecrackers this Diwali and hence modified the timings. It has hence allowed the state government to fix the timing but said that the total timing must not exceed beyond two hours in a day.

Taking cognisance of the issue, the SC indicated that it would modify the timings for burning crackers in the southern states this Diwali. The SC also said its order on use of green crackers during Diwali was meant for Delhi-NCR and, not pan-India.

It went on to add that when south Indians lived in northern states, they too celebrated Diwali with much enthusiasm and hence it may consider changing the timing for the southern states. The Tamil Nadu government, along with firecracker manufacturers, had, on Monday moved Supreme Court to relax its order by which the manufacturing and sale of only green crackers were allowed. It also requested the court to modify its order on fixing only two hours to burst crackers.

They had even requested the apex court to modify its verdict on the bursting of crackers to allow them to be used on Diwali morning, as per religious practices in the respective states. 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.

The application was filed through advocate B Vinod Khanna and sought permission to also burn firecrackers between 4.30 AM and 6.30 AM. As per the petition, Diwali celebrations for each state or sect have a separate set of beliefs, traditions and culture. Therefore, the restriction would amount to rejecting the people with their due religious rights.