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Firecracker sale: SC reserves verdict on restoring ban

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its verdict on a plea seeking restoration of its last year's order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) supported the plea before a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri and said the November 11, 2016, order should be restored and the use of firecrackers banned in Delhi-NCR.

The apex court had through this order suspended all licences which permitted the wholesale and retail sale of firecrackers within the territory of NCR. On September 12 this year, the top court had temporarily lifted the earlier order.
During the hearing, advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan, appearing for petitioner Arjun Gopal, told the bench that the ban on the use of firecrackers should be restored as the NCR had witnessed a huge rise in air pollution during and after Diwali last year.

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