HC refuses to ban kite flying in city

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HC refuses to ban kite flying in city

Saturday, 06 August 2022 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to ban kite flying in the national Capital, saying it is a cultural activity, and directed the Government and police to ensure compliance with the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order banning sale of Chinese synthetic ‘manjha’ used for kite flying.

A Bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad noted that the NGT has already imposed a complete ban on Chinese synthetic ‘manjha’ and even the Delhi Police has been issuing notifications in this regard and also taking action against violators.

The High Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a complete ban on flying, sale, purchase, storage, and transportation of kites as many people and birds are killed or injured due to accidents caused by glass-coated strings.

The Bench, which disposed of the petition, said kite flying cannot be banned as it is a “cultural activity” and can be associated with “religious activity” and directed the State Government and the Delhi Police to ensure strict compliance with the NGT order banning use and sale of Chinese ‘manjha’.

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