The Allahabad High Court today directed the Akhilesh Yadav government to spell out its stand on banning gutka
(tobacco pan masala
) in Uttar Pradesh within two weeks, and warned to slap a ban if the latter failed to act.
The directive came from a bench of Justices Amar Sharan and Anurag Kumar while hearing a petition by the Uttar Pradesh chapter of the Indian Dental Association, contending that the consumption of gutka
was detrimental to oral and overall health and hence, should be banned.
The next date of hearing on the matter has been posted for October 10.
Pointing out the habit could lead to the scourge of cancer, the petition also added that 12 states in the country have already banned the manufacture and sale of gutka
The petitioners also alleged that due to huge revenue profits coming from gutka
sales, the state government was dragging its feet on taking a decisive action on the matter.