KOCHI: The Kerala High Court has on Tuesday ordered a ban on high-decibel crackers and fireworks display at the night time, with immediate effect. The court has also asked the state government to consider handing over the investigation of the Paravur fireworks tragedy case to the CBI. The massive fire tragedy has killed 113 people and injured more than 1000 as per the official data.
Considering a letter sent by HC judge V Chitambaresh to the Chief Justice over banning the use of fireworks as PIL, the division bench comprising of Justices Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Anu Sivaraman said that the rules framed by the Central government permitted the bursting of fire crackers only in the day time and that too without exceeding the prescribed decibel level of 125-145.
The court observed that it was not the lack of adequate laws but enforcement was an issue. It pointed out the failure of the officers and the Police to stop the display of fireworks even after the District collector denied permission for the fireworks display in the temple.
The bench said that it is high time for judicial intervention to control the unauthorized use of fire crackers in religious festivals and public functions. Sources said that the fire crackers collected by the temple officials were made by the locals from illegal chemicals, which was also a reason for the massive blow out.