The Supreme Court on Wednesday (November 11) supported the Calcutta High Court order banning the use of firecrackers in West Bengal during Diwali, Chhath Puja, Kali Puja. The SC refused to interfere with the petition against the ban on firecrackers in West Bengal during the festive season.

A vacation bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee said though festivals were important, but "life itself has been in imperil" amid the pandemic. 

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The bench said the high court knew the local condition better and it should be allowed to do the needful.

The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by one Gautam Roy and the Burrabazaar Fireworks Dealers Association challenging the high court order of last Thursday (November 5) banning the use and sale of firecrackers during upcoming festivals, including Kali Puja and Chhath Puja, to curb pollution.

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A judge of the Supreme Court said, “We are in a situation where at this time, preservation of life is more important and the high court knows what is required at the ground level. the high court had taken care of the interest of citizens, especially senior citizens who may have comorbidities.”