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HC directs officials to file report on Chinese crackers


Madurai: Taking a serious view of banned Chinese crackers finding their way in Sivakasi, the national hub of fireworks, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court today directed officials to find out the source of the contraband and posed a series of probing questions including why none was arrested in this connection.

During the hearing of a PIL seeking a direction for a CBI probe into the recent seizure of banned Chinese crackers from a godown at Sivakasi in Virudhunagar District, a division bench asked the district officials to find out from where the banned crackers had entered India.

“Should you (officials) not be patriotic? The Chinese crackers are said to be harmful…harmful due to pollution and also because it prevented the local people getting employment,” the bench comprising Justice N Kirubakaran and Justice S Vaidhyanathan said.

The judges asked the officials including the police to file a report tomorrow on what action had been taken after the filing of the FIR, from where they had come, how they were being marketed and their harmful effects.

The judges wanted to know why FIR was not registered immediately after the seizure of the crackers and why the accused was not nabbed. They even wondered if the officials were hand in glove with the accused.

Rejecting the argument that Central Excise was responsible for the entry of the crackers, the court said, “Police should be able to find out the chain that helped Chinese cracker reach Sivakasi.”

The court had yesterday ordered issue of notice to Revenue and Police authorities on the PIL by A Muthukrishnan, Executive Member of Dalit outfit ‘Aditamizhar Peravai’ who also sought a direction to authorities to inspect all godowns in the country and destroy illegal explosive items.

The availability of Chinese crackers in Tamil Nadu, which had been strictly restricted by the government, showed even dangerous explosive substances could be imported with customs officials not doing any checking, he alleged.