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Supreme Court Refuses to Quash FIRs Lodged For Using Firecrackers During Diwali

Justices MR Shah BV Nagarthna

On Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to quash FIRs filed in connection with the use of firecrackers during Diwali.

Sanjeev Newar and Swati Goel filed the PIL through Advocate Manju Jetley.

The petitioner’s lawyer, Shashank Shekhar Jha, claimed that multiple FIRs were filed in different states.

He claimed that while the Supreme Court clarified that there is no blanket ban on firecrackers, FIRs are still filed for even using green crackers.

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The Division Bench of Justices M.R. Shah and B.V. Nagarathna ruled that the Article 32 petition to quash the FIR is not maintainable.

While dismissing the PIL, the Court stated that the accused can pursue appropriate legal remedies.

The PIL, filed in November of last year, requests that no FIRs be filed against members of the general public who burst crackers due to a lack of knowledge about the ingredients of firecrackers.

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