Sale of tobacco near educational institutes; HC raps police

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday rapped the city police for non-compliance of its earlier directions asking them to take strict actions to stop sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of educational institutions and hospitals saying they are playing with the health of children.

"They have literally done nothing despite our earlier directions to stop such activities near schools," a division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv khanna said.

The court also asked the University of Delhi to file an affidavit detailing the actions taken by it to stop the sale of tobacco products near 86 colleges affiliated to it.

After perusing the affidavit filed by the Delhi Police, the court said it was nothing but a statistical juggling and in fact they were playing with the health of children.

The court, which was hearing a PIL filed by World Lung Foundation (South Asia) on alleged continuing sale of tobacco products, has fixed the matter for further hearing on July 20.

The court also asked the Delhi government to apprise it of steps taken in this regard.

The court had earlier directed the police to take strict action against those who sell tobacco within the prohibited 100 yards of educational institutions and hospitals.

The PIL referred to a new survey which has shown that out of the 726 educational institutions, tobacco outlets were near 198 of them. In all, there were more than 300 such outlets.

The court had asked the police to keep a tab on the violators.

The court had also asked Delhi University to issue directions to its colleges to appoint nodal officers to ensure no tobacco outlet is found within a 100-yard radius of the campuses.