New Delhi: The Supreme Court of Justice declined to hear this Friday a plea to regulate the production, distribution and consumption of intoxicating beverages and drugs in the national capital, as well as health warning labels on liquor bottles and cigarette packs.
The brief filed by attorney Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay sought direction for the government to post health warnings on liquor bottles — similar to the criteria adopted for warning signs on cigarette packs — and these should be advertised through the media. electronic, printed and social.
Upadhyay argued before a court led by Chief Justice UU Lalit that he would only push for limited prayers to have warning labels on alcohol bottles, as they are harmful. Furthermore, he argued that a little leniency in this matter would benefit young people and pushed for warning labels to be placed on bottles.
The court, also made up of Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and Indira Banerjee, said there are thoughts and counter-thoughts, with some people saying that liquor taken in small amounts is good for health and nowhere are similar things said about cigarettes. . The court expressed its reluctance to consider the petition. “Either withdraw this or we will discard it. This is a policy issue,” said the caucus.
Upadhyay urged the high court to give him the freedom to move the Law Commission on the matter. The bank said: “No, we will only allow withdrawal.” Upadhyay withdrew the request from him.
The petition also sought direction for the Delhi government to carry out a “health impact assessment” and an “environmental impact assessment” of the production, distribution and consumption of intoxicating drinks and drugs in the spirit of articles 21 and 47 of the Constitution.