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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking an effective policy to curb the use of intoxicating drinks and drugs in the national capital. A bench of Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Indira Banerjee said that it is a matter of policy.
As the court did not agree with the petition, BJP spokesperson and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay withdrew his petition. The court also observed that there are views and counter views. “Some people say that the drink taken in moderation can be good for health,” the court remarked and called it a policy matter.
The petitioner has sought an effective policy to prohibit the consumption of intoxicating drinks and intoxicants in the spirit of Article 47 read with Articles 21, 38, 39, 46 and 51A of the Constitution. The constitution of India.
It also sought the introduction of an effective health alert that covers at least 50 per cent liquor bottles or containers on both sides and prints the health hazards of intoxicating drinks in Hindi and in English.
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The petition also sought a ban on advertising of intoxicating drinks and launching a campaign to educate people about the health hazards of consuming intoxicating drinks through electronic, print and social media.
The petitioner also urged for the inclusion of a chapter on the health hazards of intoxicating drinks in the curriculum of primary classes in the spirit of the right to health and education guaranteed under Articles 21 and 21A of the Constitution of India.