Kerala High Court on 12 April 2016 banned ‘noise-making’ fireworks displays between sunset and sunrise in all places of worship in the state. The ban order follows the Puttingal fire tragedy that killed more than 100 people.
The HC also asked the state government whether it thinks that 'anti-nationals' were involved and whether CBI should investigate the Kollam temple tragedy.
The temple tragedy happened when sparks from fireworks fell on a store room where even more firecrackers were kept.
The ban order was given by the 'Devaswom Bench' comprising Justices Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Anu Sivaraman.
The ban order was given after a letter was written by a senior Kerala High Court Judge Justice V. Chitambaresh to the Registrar General of the HC.
In the letter, the judge sought immediate judicial intervention by the court to stop "man-made" tragedies like the Kollam mishap by banning the use of high decibel explosive fire crackers.
He further argued that “the right to profess, practice and propagate the religion of one's choice under Article 25 of the Constitution of India does not take in the freedom to use dangerous crackers. Pyrotechnics displays using ‘Amittu’, ‘Gundu’, ‘Kathinavedi’, etc., have to be banned and at best only low decibel Chinese-type crackers can be permitted for display”.
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Who: Kerala High Court
When: 12 April 2016