SC Allows TN Govt to Decide the 2-Hour Slot for Bursting Crackers
The Supreme Court has ordered on Tuesday said that the bursting of firecrackers in Tamil Nadu during Diwali be limited to two hours and time slot will be decided by the state government.
Tamil Nadu government moved the Supreme Court on Monday, urging the apex court to allow bursting of firecrackers in the morning from 4:30 am to 6:30 am.
The government, in its plea, argued that the people of the state will be “deprived” of their rights to celebrate the festival by bursting crackers if the order is not modified, The News Minute reported. In the plea, the government said People wake up early at dawn at around 4:00 am, take oil bath, wear new clothes and start the celebrations with the bursting of crackers.
State Government also invoked Article 25 – guaranteeing freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion – contending that Diwali is a religious practice that is scrupulously followed by the Hindus from time immemorial and it has become a core and essential religious practice which is protected under Article 25.
Tamil Nadu said that allowing bursting of crackers between 4:30 am and 6:30 am as well as 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm would facilitate both the Tamilians and people from other parts of the country residing in the state to celebrate Diwali, according to their respective practices.
On 23 October, the apex court had said firecrackers can only be burst between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali and other religious festivals. Further, on the eve of Christmas and New Year’s night, fireworks will be allowed between 11:55 pm and 12:30 am.