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After Govt Claims Gutkha is Banned in Jharkhand, Chief Justice Buys 5 Types of it During Hearing

A vendor cuts a sachet of gutka for a buyer at her roadside stall. (Credit: REUTERS)

During the listening to of a PIL looking for a ban on the open sale of gutkha within the state earlier than a bench of Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad, the Food Supplies Department mentioned in an affidavit the product has been banned in Jharkhand since 2018 and it isn’t being offered anyplace.

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  • Last Updated: October 16, 2020, 23:30 IST
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The Jharkhand High Court on Friday puzzled what sort of a ban the federal government has imposed on gutkha, because the chief justice ordered and obtained, inside minutes, numerous manufacturers of it quickly after an officer claimed throughout a listening to that the tobacco product is totally banned within the state.

During the listening to of a PIL looking for a ban on the open sale of gutkha within the state earlier than a bench of Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad, the Food Supplies Department mentioned in an affidavit the product has been banned in Jharkhand since 2018 and it isn’t being offered anyplace.

Expressing shock at that assertion, the chief justice despatched an worker of the courtroom to deliver gutkha from the market and he introduced five-six packets of various manufacturers of the product inside 10 minutes and positioned it earlier than the decide. The chief justice confirmed the samples to the particular secretary of the division Chandrakishore Oraon, who attended the proceedings via video convention, and slammed the state authorities for submitting a false affidavit to mislead the courtroom.

On this, the particular secretary assured the courtroom that the matter can be investigated and motion can be taken. Wondering whether or not the federal government is functioning solely on paper, the courtroom requested the federal government how gutkha is being offered within the state although it was banned two years in the past.

The bench directed the federal government to file an affidavit after a radical investigation. The courtroom additionally directed that the affidavit ought to clearly state that gutka is now not being offered within the state.

Fariyad Foundation, an NGO, has filed a PIL within the excessive courtroom praying for a ban gutkha saying that individuals are affected by critical illnesses as a consequence of its consumption. PTI COR IKD NN NN 10162307

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