SC in favour of allowing export of Endosulfan

Last Updated: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 18:31

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday favoured export of unused stock of Endosulfan insecticide manufactured in the country and said that the detailed order on the mechanism to sell it to overseas company would be passed on December 13.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia said that if other countries want to import the agrochemical, then it can be allowed.
The court also sought explanation from CPI-M`s youth wing
Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), which has filed
petition seeking ban on manufacturing of the insecticide, for
objecting to the proposal for allowing the export.

"Why do you want the poison to remain in the country.
There should be common sense approach. If it can be exported,
then let it happen," the bench, also comprising justices A K
Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar, said.

"Why are you bothered about the other countries if they
want to import it," the bench further said.

It said that the order regarding how to export the banned
substance out of country would be passed on Tuesday.

The bench had earlier, on September 30, allowed the
company manufacturing Endosulfan to export nearly 1,100
tonnes of the pesticide to meet their contractual obligations
while maintaining the ban on its use and production.

The apex court had on August 5 asked an expert panel
appointed by it to explore the possibility of exporting the
unused stock of Endosulfan manufactured in the country. The
expert committee had recommended its export.
The court had on May 13 imposed a complete ban on
production, sale and use of the pesticide holding that human
life is more important than anything else and it did not want
even a single child to suffer.

The court`s order had came on a petition filed by DYFI
seeking a ban on Endosulfan on the ground that it was causing
health hazards, including genetic disorders, in Kerala where
it is widely used.

The bench had said it was concerned about the right to
life of citizens guaranteed under Article 21 of the
Constitution and even companies involved in its manufacturing
could not ignore corporate and social responsibility by
ignoring the hazards posed to human lives.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 18:31

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