HC asks Delhi Police about steps taken to prohibit Chinese manjha used in kite flying
The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) sought direction to the Centre, Delhi Government and Delhi Police to impose a complete ban on flying, making, sale-purchase, storage and transportation of kites. Read more on Dynamite News:
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Delhi Police about the steps it has taken to stop the storage and selling of Chinese manjha/synthetic manjha used in kite flying, which has been banned by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Appearing for Delhi Police, Advocate Sanjay Lao sought time to take fresh status in this regard. The bench of Justice Satish Chander Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad deferred the matter for August 5.
The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) sought direction to the Centre, Delhi Government and Delhi Police to impose a complete ban on flying, making, sale-purchase, storage and transportation of kites.
The plea stated that many persons and birds were killed and injured due to regular accidents. The life and safety of human beings and birds of Delhi are endangered due to kite flying with Chinese manjha
The complete ban on flying, making, sale-purchase, storage, and transportation of kites and objects used in making and flying kites is the only solution as it is very difficult and in some cases, quite impossible to catch the culprit or to fix the responsibility when an accident occurs due to kite string, the petition said.
The plea further stated that the respondents totally failed to take appropriate action as kite flying is already prohibited as per section 94 of the Delhi Police Act, 1978 where it is provided that, "Prohibition against flying kites, etc.- No person shall fly a kite or any other thing so as to cause danger, injury or alarm to persons, animals or property..."
According to the petitioner Sanser Pal Singh, who is a practising advocate, each and every time, a competition takes place between kite flyers, it is never-ending, wherein on every occasion each kite flier tries to take down the other kite-flyers by trying to take the other person out of the competition by cutting the competitor/ person's kite string.
The petitioner further stated that the recent accident was caused by a kite string, where a 30-year-old person lost his life on July 25 on the Haiderpur Flyover in Delhi. Delhi Police had also issued an advisory on 13 August 2021 and published it in the newspaper for avoiding the use of metallic powder-coated thread. Delhi citizens have witnessed several accidents caused by kite strings, where many people either got injured or lost their lives. (ANI)