Punjab and Haryana HC seeks details of cracker licences

Concerned over the pollution from fireworks, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday issued notices to the two states and the Union territory of Chandigarh asking them to furnish by tomorrow details of licences issued for sale of crackers.

The development comes days after the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1.

A high court bench of justices A K Mittal and Amit Rawal sought the response of the authorities while taking note of the issue of pollution caused by firecrackers.

“While taking suo motu notice, the division bench has sought details about temporary licences issued for firecrackers from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh,” said senior advocate Anupam Gupta.

The court has asked them to provide detail by tomorrow (Friday), he said.

The bench has appointed Gupta as amicus curiae (court’s friend) to assist it in the matter.

As carried in HT

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