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Traders move SC over ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR

By Deepika
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    Firecracker traders on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court urging it to reconsider its recent order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR.

    A fire-crackers shop near Jama Masjid. PTI file photo

    The traders have approached the court in their individual capacity seeking permission from the apex court to sell their existing stock.

    The traders urged that conducting business of firecrackers is a legitimate activity protected under the Constitution of India giving 'Right to Work'.

    The SC ban on the sale of firecrackers elicited angry reactions from shopkeepers, who were expecting to cash in on sales during the festive season.

    The firecracker business amounts to over Rs 500 crore in the city and many traders, who have already purchased the stock for this Diwali, are worried that the ban will incur them huge loss.

    In an effort to check alarming pollution level, the Supreme Court on Monday slapped a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region during Diwali this year, dealing a blow to the traders and businessmen dealing in them.

    Giving out the order, the apex court maintained that its last month's order, which lifted the stay and permitted the sale of firecrackers, would come into effective only from November 1, 12 days after the 'festival of lights'.

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