The Chief Justice on Friday showed the government the truth by claiming that the sale of gutka in the state has been completely stopped. In a PIL hear ing, Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad publicly reprimanded the sale of gutka in the state even after the ban.
When the court asked the special secretary of the food supply department why gutka was available even after the ban, the secretary said that there was a complete ban on gutka. It’s not being sold anywhere. It is mentioned in the affidavit. The Chief Justice was surprised and asked an employee to bring gutka to the market. In ten minutes the staff brought five or six brands of gutka. The court asked the secretary what the ban was, see. The secretary assured that action would be taken without investigation.
The court then said the government was only working on paper. Land reality is either known or closed knowingly. The court directed to file an affidavit on the next date ordering complete sale of gutkha in the state. The court said the affidavit should clearly state that gutka is no longer being sold in the state.
The court asked the government to explain how gutka has been sold in the state since 2018. Whether the government did any research before closing it. Does the government have a record of where Gutkha has reached? Where to enter. It may or may not have a manufacturing plant in Jharkhand. The number of people getting sick due to gutkha consumption has increased. The court gave detailed instructions for the next date in an affidavit.
What’s the matter: The Fariad Foundation has filed a PIL in the High Court despite the ban in the state. The petition said that despite the ban, the sale of gutkha in the state was being done indiscriminately and the government was not doing anything. People in the state are suffering from serious diseases due to consumption of gutkha. The court has been asked to ban the sale of gutka altogether in the state. At an earlier hearing, the court had directed the secretary of the food supply department to be present, but the special secretary took part in a video conference due to his ill health.