Allahabad: Allahabad High Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to impose a ban order on gutka as well as on pan-masala within 14-days time. The court further said that it would issue another order if the state government fails to do so.

The court, has fixed October 10 for further hearing on the matter.

Remarkably this order was given by a bench comprising Justices Amar Saran and Anurag Kumar on a petition filed by Uttar Pradesh Dental Association.

The court ruled that it becomes incumbent upon the state government to protect the health of the public and slap a ban on the production as well as the sale of articles lashed with tobacco.

Petitioner Vishnu Bihari Tiwari had said that products like pan masala and gutka were causing deadly diseases. Therefore, a ban order was required to be slapped on them.

He further said that the state government wanted to deflect the attention of the public on the pretext of seeking directives from the centre.

The court ruled that Uttar Pradesh would be 15th state to do so if a ban order on gutka is slapped in the state.

Remarkably, states like Gujrat and Delhi have already slapped a ban on Gutka.

JPN\Bureau

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