Order Passed By NGT Prohibiting Thread Of Nylon For Kite Flying Should Be Strictly Followed, Says Delhi HC

The Delhi HC on Friday stated that the order passed by the NGT prohibiting the manufacture, sale, storage, purchase and use of thread made of Nylon for kite flying should be strictly followed.

The bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad was dealing with the petition filed to impose a complete ban on flying, making, sale-purchase, storage, and transportation of kites and objects used in making and flying kites.

In this case, The Petitioner who is a practising Advocate has brought a very sensitive issue before the Court in respect of the use of kite flying thread made up of Nylon, Plastic and other Synthetic material commonly known as Chinese Maanjha.

He has stated that a large number of accidents are taking place in and around Delhi due to the use of Chinese Maanjha. A large number of people are getting injured, and not only people but even animals and birds are also becoming victims of Chinese Maanjha.

The issue for consideration before the bench was:

Whether the writ petition filed by the petitioner could be accepted or not?

High Court noted that in as many as 255 cases, action has been taken against the person selling, making, storing & transporting the banned Chinese Maanjha from 01.01.2017 to 31.07.2022, and the said drive is still going on.

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The bench further noted that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had passed an order on 10.08.2020 prohibiting the manufacture, sale, storage, purchase and use of thread made of Nylon, synthetic material and/or coated with a synthetic substance which is non-biodegradable for kite flying and the said order of the NGT has been circulated to all authorities and strict compliance of the same is being ensured.

High Court found that an order was issued by the ACP, Sub-Division – Mehrauli in the exercise of powers under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 in respect of imposing of the ban on the use of Chinese Maanjha.

In view of the above, High Court stated that no orders required to be passed in PIL and directed the State to ensure strict compliance with the order passed by the NGT and the earlier order passed by the Government on the subject.

Case Title: Sanser Pal Singh v. Union Of India And Others

Bench: Justice Subramonium Prasad

Citation: W.P.(C) 11592/2022

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