New Delhi, November 11
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to interfere with the Calcutta High Court order banning the use and sale of firecrackers in West Bengal on Kali Puja to curb air pollution, saying preservation of life is more important amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A vacation bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee said though festivals are important, “life itself has been in imperil” amid the pandemic. The bench said the high court knew the local condition better and it should be allowed to do the needful.
The top court was hearing an appeal filed by one Gautam Roy and the Burrabazaar Fireworks Dealers Association challenging the high court order of Thursday last banning the use and sale of firecrackers during upcoming festivals, including Kali Puja and Chhath Puja, to curb pollution. Kali Puja will be celebrated on Saturday.
“We are all battling for life in this situation and all of us have elderly people in our homes,” it observed. “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.”
It said the high court had taken care of the interest of citizens, especially senior citizens who might have co-morbidities. PTI