Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday
ordered issue of notices to the state government and Minister
for Energy, Food and Civil supplies on a petition challenging
the ban imposed on the use of Endosulphan pesticide.
Justice B S Patil, hearing the petition filed by
Endosulphan Manufacturers` and Formulators` Welfare
Association (EMFWA) challenging the ban, ordered issue of
notices to the Karnataka government and minister Shobha
The petition prayed for a direction to the state
government not to withdraw the production and sale of
Endosulphan in the state, and also not make any "ad-hoc"
statement that might harm the interests of the manufacturers
EMFWA contended that the Feb 17 government decision was
"arbitrary and motivated" and said there was no link between
use of Endosulphan and allegations about health problems.
The Karnataka government clamped a 60-day ban on sale,
manufacture and use of Endosulphan and urged the Centre to ban
the pesticide permanently.
The pesticide has been banned in Kerala, which has also
been pressing for a similar step nation-wide.
Kerala had banned the pesticide following its
`ill-effects` on people in Kasargode district where it was
sprayed on cashew plantations.