The bench also said that people would burst firecrackers which they have purchased before the October 9 order. The bench headed by Justice AK Sikri, said, "We will ascertain after Diwali if there has been a difference in pollution levels". The apex court on Friday said that the ban on sale will continue till further hearing in the case.
A group of traders on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of the 9 October order by which the sale of firecrackers was banned in Delhi-NCR region till 1 November.
"The Supreme Court had on Monday put a blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers" firecrackers till November 1 to check pollution.
It had said that the 11 November previous year order, suspending all licences which "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR", was passed by the court keeping in view the situation that had arisen after last Diwali.
At the outset, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the firecracker traders, suggested to the bench that the sale of crackers should be allowed at least a day or two before Diwali. Every year, Diwali celebrations leave the atmosphere in Delhi thick with lethal smoke and suspended dust particles, and people are complaining of lung difficulties and breathlessness.
The top court had recently imposed the ban on fireworks until November 1, saying it wanted to test if it would make a difference to Delhi's air quality, ranked among the worst in the world.
The traders had mentioned the matter before the apex court for an urgent hearing and said their licenses were revived in pursuance of the courts' order passed on September 12 and they had procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.