The Supreme Court has shown strictness regarding the deadly chemicals mixed in fireworks.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has shown strictness after the preliminary report of the CBI found six major firecracker units guilty of violating the order. Supreme Court issues show cause notice to fireworks manufacturers and seeks explanation as to why contempt was committed? Shouldn’t action be initiated against them and why their licenses should not be cancelled? Justice MR. Shah and Justice A.S. Bopanna said the CBI report on the use of toxic chemicals in the manufacture of firecrackers was very serious and there was a “prima facie” violation of the court’s orders on the use of barium and labeling of firecrackers. The Supreme Court also said that people cannot be left to die.Also Read – With this order of the Supreme Court, the house buyers will get a blow from the bat, builders will get a blow from it
“Why can’t these companies be penalized and their licenses cancelled? They have bought banned substances from the market to make firecrackers.” The bench also said that in the preliminary investigation report of the CBI, it has been found that banned harmful chemicals have been used by the manufacturers in many firecrackers. The report claimed that even the firecracker manufacturers were not disclosing the correct ingredients on the product’s label. Also Read – Supreme Court dismisses Adani’s application against gas distribution bids in Ahmedabad
Pointing to the air pollution caused by firecrackers, the top court said it has to take a balanced approach looking at the country, as every day is a festival. It further states that the court cannot allow people to suffer and die due to air pollution. The bench said, “Only people suffering from asthma can feel it..we have to take a balanced view looking at the country as every day is a festival..but we have to look at other factors also and we people are suffering. Can’t allow being and dying.” Also Read – Mahant Narendra Giri Case: In the case of death of Mahant Narendra Giri, all the three accused were sent on seven-day CBI remand
The bench said, even if the order is issued only for green firecrackers, it can still be violated, and the manufacturers can continue to use the banned chemicals. The top court allowed the firecracker makers to study the CBI report and file a counter on it and fixed October 6 as the next date of hearing in the matter. When the lawyer representing a firecracker manufacturer asked the court to hear his client, the bench remarked, “Yes, we will hear you before sending you to jail.” Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati appeared on behalf of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the court.
The report of Joint Director, CBI, Chennai on Standard Fireworks stated, “Chemical analysis revealed that a sample of 11 ready-made firecrackers and raw material contained barium salt, out of which four finished firecrackers tested positive for Barium in the same year. was manufactured in 2020. That is, the remaining seven samples of ready-made firecrackers were collected loosely after the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of 23 October 2018 banning barium salt, hence the date of manufacture and the details of chemical composition were not known.