The Telegraph
Thursday , October 12 , 2017

Urgent hearing appeal

New Delhi, Oct. 11: The Supreme Court today agreed to consider a plea for urgent listing of an application moved by a consortium of cracker dealers seeking recall of its October 9 judgment banning sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-National Capital Region.

The traders said they had procured massive quantities of firecrackers for sale in view of an earlier green signal from the top court and Monday's order would put a severe financial burden on them.

On October 9, the court had passed the order in a bid to curb rising air pollution in the capital between October and December every year. It passed the order on a PIL, which said bursting of crackers had largely contributed to the rising pollution in the capital.

Today, a lawyer who appeared on the behalf of the traders urged a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi to list the matter for urgent hearing. The bench agreed to consider the request.

According to the traders, their licence to sell the crackers had stood restored following the apex court's earlier September 12 order permitting sale of crackers.

On the basis of that order they had procured sufficient firecrackers to meet the requirements of the NCR region, which also includes pockets of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana.

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