A bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud considered the statement of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, that the government is considering various aspects of the matter and has invited suggestions and objections on the commercial roll out of GM crop.
The bench granted the government one week's time to apprise it as to by when it will take a "well-informed and well-intentioned" policy decision on the roll out.
The top court had on October 17 last year extended the stay on the commercial release of GM mustard crop until further orders.
The court had restrained the commercial release of the crop for ten days on October 7, 2016.
The court had asked the Centre to seek public opinion on such seeds before releasing it for cultivation purpose, even as government approval is awaited.
Alleging that field trials were being carried out without doing relevant tests, he had sought a 10-year moratorium on them. Mr Bhushan said a Technical Expert Committee (TEC) report has pointed out that the entire regulatory system was in shambles and a 10-year moratorium should be given.
Ms Rodrigues had filed the plea seeking a stay on the commercial release of Genetically Modified (GM) Mustard crop and prohibition of its open field trials.
He had also urged the court to prohibit open field trials and commercial release of Herbicide Tolerant (HT) crops including HT Mustard DMH 11 and its parent lines/variants as recommended by the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) report.
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