The Supreme Court ruled that Chief Secretaries, top administrative and police officials would be held personally accountable if prohibited firecrackers are detected in any of the states.
“Celebration cannot come at a price of other people’s health, Nobody may be allowed to toy with the lives of others, especially old folks and children”Bench of Justices M.R. Shah and A.S. Bopanna
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Nobody, no matter how high, the court declared, should be allowed to defy the Supreme Court’s orders.
The judgement came in response to a petition filed by prominent counsel Gopal Sankaranarayanan, who claimed that producers were flagrantly violating the court’s restriction on using dangerous substances such as barium salts in firecrackers. The court had permitted the use of “green” or “environmentally friendly” crackers prepared without hazardous chemicals.
“Any intentional and purposeful disobedience must be taken extremely seriously,” the Supreme Court stated in the 19-page judgement.
According to the court, officials that turn a blind eye to the breach of the law should have equal responsibility. Justice Shah described how ‘joined firecrackers,’ a product prohibited by the court, could be found on market booths and at festivities.
The court, however, made it plain that there was no blanket prohibition on the usage of firecrackers. “Only those firecrackers that have been proved to be detrimental to health and damaging the health of individuals are banned,” it emphasised.