New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
directed the city police to enforce the law which prohibits
selling of tobacco products within a radius of 100 yards of
any educational institution.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Manmohan issued a notice to the police and sought a reply
within four weeks on a PIL seeking a direction to the
Commissioner of Police for issuance of instructions to his
sub-ordinates to take steps against the outlets selling
tobacco products in any form within 100 yards radius of
colleges and any educational institute under Delhi University.
Directing the police to implement The Control of Tobacco
Products Act, commonly known as COTPA, the Bench said "this is
unfortunate. There are some places where you can see only
smoke and smoke. Passive smoking is more dangerous" and sought
a status report from the police by February 2.
The Bench was hearing a PIL filed by World Lung
Foundation, an NGO, alleging that COTPA has come into force
but was not implemented with true spirit.
The Act covers prohibition of advertisement and
regulation of trade and commerce, production, supply and
distribution of tobacco products, the NGO said.
The petitioner said a survey was conducted in more than
80 colleges of DU and it was found that selling of tobacco
products near the colleges have been going on.
Seeking a direction to the police to take action against
the outlets for selling of such products by violating the law,
the petitioner said the court should declare the selling of
tobaccos near educational institutions as illegal.
The Bench fixed February 2 as the next date of hearing
of the PIL.