Implement tobacco sale law: Delhi HC to police

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed the city police commissioner to enforce the law which prohibits sale of tobacco products within a radius of 100 yards of any educational institution.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna sought a report by next date of hearing from the police commissioner after inspecting the premises of various schools and colleges. It fixed further hearing in the case on September 7.

While directing the police to enforce the law against sale of tobacco, the bench asked the counsel for the petitioner to submit the list of schools to the police where the tobacco products were being sold despite court's orders.

It was hearing a PIL filed by World Lung Foundation (South Asia) which has complained about continuing sale of tobacco products near schools and colleges.

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 located near 198 among them. In all, there were more than 300 such outlets in close vicinity.

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

It had also asked Delhi University to issue directions to its colleges and appoint nodal officers to ensure no tobacco outlet is found within the prohibited area of the campuses.