BJP MP Manoj Tiwari moves Supreme Court against firecracker ban

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The plea also seeks that guidelines be issued to each and every state to take necessary measures in order to reduce pollution including installation of smog-towers, plantation drive, etc.


BJP MP Manoj Tiwari has moved a Public Interest Litigation plea before Supreme Court seeking directions for usage of permissible firecrackers and against the blanket ban on sale, purchase and usage of firecrackers during festive seasons of Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and others in Delhi and other states.

It has been thus sought that fresh guidelines be issued to all states in respect of selling, purchasing or bursting permissible fire crackers.

After Advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha mentioned the petition before CJI today for listing. Court agreed to list the same on 10th October.

It is Tiwari's case that the Writ Petition under Article 32 has been filed to protect the interests of the public at large who are being harassed for celebrating Deepawali which is deemed to be one of the most important festivals of Hindus.

Despite clear order of this Hon’ble Court refusing to put a blanket ban on the firecrackers, various states put a blanket ban on the storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers in the year 2021 and subsequently took coercive steps against the buyer, purchaser and users of the same, the plea submitted.

The plea stated that the Delhi government has put a blanket ban on storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers with immediate effect in the capital till January 1, 2023.

" order to implement the blanket ban, Respondent No. 2 has also announced to make plans with Delhi Police, DPCC and Revenue Department. This may include FIR against common people for selling and/or using fire-crackers during festive seasons like Deepawali, Chhath, Durga-Puja, etc just like last year", the plea added.

Tiwari has contended that it is his responsibility to file this petition so as to guide the country in a positive framework and prevent it from getting into a dark Age where customs and rituals of a particular community were systematically targeted.

The following issues have been raised in the petition:

  1. Whether there is a complete ban on the crackers?
  2. Whether states and High Courts can put a blanket ban on the firecrackers at a time when the Top Court has refused to do the same?
  3. Whether there could be coercive actions like FIR against the common people for the usage of firecrackers?
  4. Whether there could be coercive actions like FIR lodging against the common people/small seller for selling firecrackers?
  5. Whether state has the responsibility to allow the citizens to celebrate their festivals peacefully without any fear?
  6. Whether state can put unreasonable restrictions like curfew and Section 144 CrPC during a festival of masses?
  7. Whether state has the responsibility to curb pollution through other measures?
  8. Whether Apex Court being guardian of the Constitution is responsible to protect the future of India and look into this matter?

Case Title: Manoj Tiwari vs. Union of India and Ors.