SC agrees to hear plea against gutka and pan masala companies

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea against gutka and pan masala manufacturing companies for allegedly using plastic material in sachets in violation of its order banning use of such materials.

The application, filed by an advocate alleged almost all the companies–Pan Parag, RMD Gutka, Dilbag Gutaka, Rajashree Gutka, Rajdarabar Gutka– are flouting the apex court order which had banned using of plastics in gutka and pan masala sachets after March 1.

"Even long after the cut-off date of March 1, fixed by the Supreme Court, all the gutka and paan masala manufacturers are using plastic material in package sachets to sell such product to public. It is a deliberate and ingenious flouting of the law on their parts," advocate Abani Sahu, who filed the application, contended.

He submitted these companies continue to use regular plastic material within the outer paper packet.

"Many gutka and pan masala companies continue to use regular plastic material within the outward paper packaging material to deceptively conceal the usage of such plastic material and convey a misleading picture of superficial and seemingly visible external compliance with the Supreme Court`s order," he said.

A bench of justices G S Singhvi and C K Prasad, after hearing his arguments, posted the matter for final hearing on July 6.

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