SC moved for lifting of ban on firecrackers in NCR citing cultural, religious rights of Hindus

New DELHI, Oct 12: A Chennai-based civil rights organisation on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking lifting of the ban on the sale of firecrackers in the national capital and NCR citing “cultural and religious rights of the Hindus and other communities” guaranteed under Article 25 of the Constitution.
The lawyer for the petitioner — Indic Collective Trust — mentioned the matter for the lifting of the ban before the bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
The matter will come up for hearing on Friday. Temporary licence holders too had moved the top court for the recall of the 9 October order banning the sale of firecrackers till 31 October.
Seeking restoration of the 12 September order lifting the ban on sale and stocking of firecrackers, the trust said the Centre did not appear to have placed before the court the implication of the ban order on the fundamental rights of Hindus of Sanatan Dharma and Arya Samaj variant, Sikhs and Jains.
The petitioner organisation has contended that the festival is celebrated in the northern and southern of India based on different traditions, while retaining certain commonalities such as lighting of lamps, chanting of prayers, exchange of gifts and bursting of firecrackers. (Agencies)