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Govt fails to meet deadline on Endosulfan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday took a serious note of government`s failure to meet the two-month deadline on submitting its interim report on the possibility of either imposing a complete ban on pesticide Endosulfan or eliminating the existing stock in phases.

The apex court, which on May 13 had imposed a complete ban on production, sale and use of Endosulfan for eight weeks, granted another three weeks to the Centre to come out with the report while refusing its plea for a six-week time.

"The Additional Solicitor General seeks six weeks` time to file the interim report. We are not inclined to give six weeks and the the preliminary report based on the study by an expert committee has to be filed within three weeks," a bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar said.

The bench reminded Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran that already two months had passed since it gave an interim order on May 13 asking for preliminary report based on a detailed study from all aspect by an expert committee.

Much depends on the preliminary report as the court in its earlier order had said that "if the expert committee on detail study comes to the conclusion that there is no harmful affect of the Endosulfan, the preliminary report will be considered for vacating the interim stay".

It had asked the committee to give its preliminary report within eight weeks on whether the pesticide should be banned or its existing stock should be eliminated in phases and if there is any alternative to the controversial pesticide.

The court was hearing a petition seeking a ban on Endolsulfan on the ground that it was causing health hazards including genetic disorders in Kerala where it is widely used.

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