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Kite-flying is part of our culture and heritage, can’t pass orders banning it: Delhi High Court.

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Written By Pretika Tiwari

[Sanser Pal Singh vs. Union of India and Ors.]

The Delhi High Court had recently observed that the Court could not impose an order prohibiting kite flying because it is a part of our culture and tradition. However, the bench comprising of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad stated that the use of Chinese manjha (synthetic thread) is a severe concern, and the State has been ordered to strictly abide by the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) ruling and a Delhi government notification order banning it.

The Court was hearing a PIL filed before the Court requesting the imposition of a complete ban on the use of Chinese manjha in the national capital. The petitioner claimed that the use of Chinese manjha, which also injured birds and animals, was to blame for a significant number of incidents in and around Delhi. Advocate Sanser Pal Singh argued for a complete prohibition on the manufacture, storage, and transportation of kites as well as all other items related to kite flying. Counsel representing the Central and State Governments submitted before the Court that a notification was issued in 2017 outlawing the use of Chinese manjha and other comparable materials and that a monitoring committee had also been established to look into the issue. Additionally, it was mentioned that the NGT had issued a motion in September 2020 banning the production, distribution, storage, acquisition, and use of nylon or other synthetic, non-biodegradable thread for kite-making. The police added that anybody found to be breaking the NGT order and the government notification is the subject of FIRs.

After hearing both parties, the Court dismissed the petition and instructed the relevant authorities to uphold the NGT order and the government’s notification strictly.

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