Bangalore: The Endosulfan Manufacturers` and
Formulators` Welfare Association (EMFWA) on Friday filed a
petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging the ban
imposed by the state government on the use of the pesticide.
The petition prayed for a direction to the state
government not to withdraw production and sale of Endosulfan
in the state, and also not make any "ad-hoc" statement that
might harm the interests of the manufacturers and traders.
EMFWA contended that the decision was "arbitrary and
motivated" and said there was no link between use of
Endosulfan and allegations of health problems.
EMFWA asserted that there was no scientific evidence
that the usage of Endosulfan caused illness.
The Karnataka Government banned use of Endosulfan with
immediate effect yesterday citing health hazards.