The Delhi High court has rejected a plea for a temporary license to sell crackers observing that firecrackers were capable of causing harm just like firearms, and said that injuries caused by firecrackers on Diwali had become a routine affair.
"It is not as if firecrackers are capable of any less harm than an arm within the meaning of the Arms Act," Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said.
"Owing to less stringent control on use, firecrackers are available far more easily than an arm and are rampantly used and which has over the years resulted in incidents of fire and injury caused by firecrackers, on the occasion of Diwali, having become a routine affair and multiplying annually," the court said.
As it adversely affected environment and caused various ailments, licenses for their sale should be granted by following a rational criteria, the court said. The court was hearing a plea filed by Manisha Sharma, who had sought a temporary firework license for selling firecrackers in the city.