PIL in HC for strict implementation of ‘gutka’ ban
A PIL seeking implementation of the ban on 'gutka' and other chewable tobacco products has been moved in Delhi High Court, which listed it for hearing next month.
The petition by an NGO was listed for hearing before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, but as one of the judges was not available, the matter could not be taken up and was adjourned to February 9.
The NGO, Fariyaad Foundation, has said there was a Delhi government notification of 2015-2016 banning sale, supply and manufacture of 'gutka' and other chewable tobacco products, but it was not being strictly implemented.
It alleged that chewable tobacco products were still being sold by the manufacturers, but in two separate pouches -- one containing pan masala and the other tobacco -- to circumvent the notification.
The NGO sought directions to the Delhi government and its food safety department to "strictly implement" the ban.
In its petition, the NGO has said that it had sought information under Right to Information Act about the steps being taken to implement the ban and received an allegedly "vague response".