10 May 2011

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CPIL filed PIL in SC against pan masala Rajnigandha and Tulsi for selling pan masala in plastic sachets after ban

CPIL filed PIL in SC against pan masala Rajnigandha and Tulsifor selling pan masala in plastic sachets after ban

In a blow to gutkha and pan masala manufacturers, the Supreme Court in December last had imposed a ban on the use of plastic in packaging of tobacco products and set March 1 as the deadline within which the tobacco manufacturers need to implement its order.

An NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) has sought contempt action against Rajeev Kumar, Managing Director of Dharampal Satyapal group, for selling tobacco product in plastic cover in violation of the Supreme Court order.

CPIL said that despite the ban, the company has been selling its product -- Rajnigandha and Tulsi -- in plastic sachets and pleaded the court to initiate contempt proceedings against its MD.

Dharampal Satyapal Group (DS Group) is Approx Rs. 1600 crores

CPIL said that "Dharampal Satyapal group whose turnover runs into thousands of crores of rupees and which manufactures big brands like Rajnigandha and Tulsi is packing its products in plastic material even after March 1

CPIL also showed and annexed some samples of tobacco product with its petition.

"This, prima facie, amounts to a serious violation of court’s order and thus constitutes a contempt of court.
This violation by such a big group could not have been done without the tacit understanding with the enforcement agencies that no action would be taken against the business group," the PIL petition said.

CPIL approached the Supreme Court seeking contempt proceeding against the makers of pan masala Rajnigandha and Tulsi for marketing and selling their popular brands of tobacco products in plastic sachets despite a ban on its use.

The NGO CPIL sought contempt action against Ministry of Environment and Forests Secretary.

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