No New Guidelines for Crackers: SC

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to order any new restriction on bursting of crackers this Diwali. A bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Arun Kumar said the SC had in 2005 issued a series of directions on bursting of crackers and also ordered that crackers should not be burst after 10pm in the night.

Appearing for the three toddlers who had sought complete ban on crackers this Diwali saying the fumes of fireworks poisoned the air of Delhi, senior advocate A M Singhvi requested for limiting the cracker bursting to just two hours on the Diwali day and pleaded that it should be done at a ground as a community event.

The bench refused the request saying no new guidelines or restraint on crackers would be ordered by the SC without hearing all parties. However, the SC found that the central government has not implemented its October 16 order for giving wide publicity to ill-effects of crackers.

The SC asked the solicitor general to inform the government to mandatorily give wide publicity in all mediums of media about ill-effects of crackers regularly from October 31 till November 12.

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