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"People will burst firecrackers which they have purchased before the order banning its sale", the court said.

The court was hearing a plea by three children-Arjun Gopal and two others-seeking restoration of last year's order, banning sale of firecrackers in view of the worsening air quality in NCR because of extensive use of firecrackers during Diwali.

A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said that the November 11, 2016, order suspending the licences "should be given one chance to test itself" to see if there would be a positive effect of this, particularly during Diwali.

As reported by NDTV, the apex court said that it was "pained and sad" that a communal colour was being given to the order.

The Supreme Court has banned sale of firecrackers in the National capital and NCR region till November 1.

The ban on sale and stocking of firecrackers will be in effect until November 1, 2017. This order has been upheld by the court in its entirety but would be effective post Diwali.

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The Supreme Court on Friday refused to modify its order suspending licence for sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR ahead of Diwali.

The apex court's decision was, however, not welcomed by the firecracker traders.

Last month, the court provisionally suspended the interdict and allowed the sale of fire crackers, saying that a complete ban would be considered as an "extreme step", and a "graded advancement" was required to deal with pollution.

The judges also expressed sadness to the fact that a communal twist had been given to its order banning the sale of fireworks in Delhi and adjoining cities.

He also suggested that the court could restrict the time for bursting firecrackers or its sale. "Celebrate this Diwali with Diyas & love".

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