UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following
O R D E R
Heard learned counsel for the parties and
perused the record including the affidavit of Dr.
Manoranjan Hota, Director, Ministry of Environments and
Forests, Government of India and documents annexed with
Interim order dated 7.9.2007 and other
similar orders passed by this Court are vacated and the
following directions are given:
1) The learned Solicitor General should instruct the
concerned Ministries to approach National
Institute of Public Health to undertake a
comprehensive analysis and study of the contents
of gutkha, tobacco, pan masala and similar
articles manufactured in the country and harmful
effects of consumption of such articles.
The learned Solicitor General says that a report
based on such study will be made available within
2) The Plastics (Manufacture, Usage and Waste
Management) Rules, 2009 be finalised, notified
and enforced within a period of eight weeks from
3) The direction contained in the impugned order of
the High Court for imposition of fine shall remain
4) Respondent Nos.3 to 15 and other manufacturers of
gutkha, tobacco, pan masala are restrained from
using plastic material in the sachets of gutkha,
tobacco and pan masala. This direction shall come
into force with effect from 1st March, 2011.
For further hearing, the case be listed on
March 9, 2011.