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The Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea to restrict or ban the production, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages in Delhi. A bench of CJI U Lalit, Justice S Ravindra Bhatt and Justice Indira Banerjee on Friday refused to consider the plea of BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar.
“This is a matter of policy and there is nothing in it which the court should decide,” the bench said. However, petitioner Upadhyay said, he is seeking limited relief to place mandatory warning labels on alcoholic beverages like the labels on cigarette packets.
He said that alcoholic beverages are also harmful like cigarettes. Cigarettes are also not in the constitution but have warning labels. I am seeking limited relief that even alcoholic beverages should carry a warning label. I hope this will help people especially the youth. However, the bench was not satisfied with this contention and reiterated that it was a matter of policy. The bench advised Upadhyay to withdraw the plea.
Ban on crackers, hearing on October 10
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear BJP MP Manoj Tiwari’s plea against the Delhi government’s decision to ban firecrackers. The hearing will be held on October 10. The petition is about the Delhi government’s ban on stocking, sale and use of firecrackers till January 1 next year.