On Friday, The Supreme Court elucidated that there is no complete ban on the usage of firecrackers, and only those fireworks which comprise Barium salts are forbidden. A bench of Justices M R Shah and A S Bopanna said that no authority could be allowed to infringe the regulations issued by it and enable banned firecrackers under the appearance of celebration.
The top court further stated that the festival could not be at the expense of the other’s health. Under the form of celebration, nobody can be allowed to infringe the right to health of others, declared under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, and nobody can be allowed to play with the lives of others, especially the senior citizens the children, it said.
“It is made clear that there is no total ban on the use of firecrackers. Only those firecrackers are banned, as directed herein-above, which are found to be injurious to health and affecting the health of the citizens, more particularly the senior citizens and the children,” the bench said.
The highest court said that any failure on the part of States, agencies, and UTs in performing a ban on firecrackers should be inspected very sincerely.
It ordered all the states/Union Territories to give due advertising through electronic/print media and local cable services to make the people conscious of the regulations issued by the court on the production, handling and selling of banned firecrackers.