The Delhi High Court on Friday declined to issue an opinion, from now on, on a plea asking the government to issue a ‘health warning’ on alcohol bottles and packaging, similar to the warning sign used on cigarette packs, and observed that the petitioner filed so many pleas on a daily basis. A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Neena Bansal Krishna adjourned the case for July 4, saying all of its motions should be accumulated and then the court will see what needs to be done.
The high court was hearing the plea filed by petitioner and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who also requested the Delhi government to prohibit or control the production, distribution and consumption of intoxicating drinks and drugs harmful to health, so as to to guarantee the right to health, guaranteed by article 21 of the Constitution.
“We don’t issue notices. Lawyer for the other party, keep accumulating all the motions filed by him (Upadhyay), we’ll see what needs to be done on the next date of July 4th. How many motions have you got? “you prepared, typed, in your drawer and in print, etc. Every day you file petitions. You daily file PILs, do you have anything else,” the bench said.
On the motion, the High Court remarked “where is the issue of the warning on the liquor bottle? There is no doubt about it.”
The petition sought to order authorities to advertise the “health and environmental risks” of intoxicating beverages through electronic, print and social media to ensure citizens’ right to know, right to information and the right to health, guaranteed by article 21.
He also sought to order the government to conduct a health impact assessment and an environmental impact assessment of the production, distribution and consumption of intoxicating drinks and drugs.
Alleging that the state government has made Delhi the alcohol capital of India over the past seven years, the petitioner said that Delhi has a total of 280 municipal wards and that till 2015 it there were only 250 liquor stores, an average of one liquor store. in every neighborhood and 30 neighborhoods without liquor stores.
“But now the state is considering opening three liquor stores in each neighborhood, which is not only arbitrary and irrational, but also violates the rule of law and the right to health guaranteed by Articles 14 and 21. of the Constitution.
“Article 47 is nevertheless fundamental in governance and the state is obliged to prohibit the consumption of alcohol and drugs, but rather than publicize the health risks of intoxicating liquors and drugs, the state promotes the consumption of alcohol,” the plea alleged.
He claimed that drinking is ten times more dangerous than smoking, but health warnings are not used on liquor bottles and insisted that all liquor bottles carry health warnings like on cigarette packs.
These statutory label warnings must include requests for consumers not to consume alcohol and to drive and describe how alcohol consumption is harmful to health, he said.
The petition made the Center and the Delhi government parties.