Ramdev opposes SC ban on firecrackers, says 'Hindus being targeted'

Firecrackers Diwali

Firecrackers Diwali

It also clarified that those who had already bought firecrackers can still burst them.

The court was hearing a plea by three children-Arjun Gopal and two others-seeking restoration of last year's order, banning sale of firecrackers in view of the worsening air quality in NCR because of extensive use of firecrackers during Diwali. "Ban should be imposed on big firecrackers", Ramdev said as reported by the DNA.

Chetan said that banning crackers on Diwali was like banning Christmas tree on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid.

The Supreme Court has maintained its earlier directive issued on October 9, banning the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR area, dismissing a petition that had been filed in the apex court to allow the firecrackers sale.

Last week when the Supreme Court of India banned the sale of cracker in the Delhi-NCR until November 1, "Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke" actress got trolled for hailing "Delhi Supreme Court".Juhi Chawla wrote on Twitter, "Brilliant move by Delhi supreme Court, firecrackers banned till November 1!" This order has been upheld by the court in its entirety but would be effective post Diwali.

The apex court has also said that it is perturbed by the communal colour given to the order, according to media reports.

Criticising Shashi Tharoor's statement supporting the ban on firecracker sale in Delhi-NCR, Ramdev said that an intelligent person like him must not speak like this. The bench, however, indicated that it had not put any ban on bursting of crackers. To this, the Bench said "very frankly" it doubted whether the suspension of sales has dampened Diwali celebrations.

The Supreme Court's verdict is said to have impacted almost 400 temporary firecracker license holders and 150 permanent ones.