SC gives CTC time to implement health warnings on cigarette packsView(s):
In a special leave to appeal application, the Supreme Court granted time to Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) Ltd., against the refusal by the Court of Appeal in a writ application filed seeking interim relief against the gazette notice published by the Health Minister that packets of cigarettes should carry the health warning and a pictorial health warning Appearing for the Ceylon Tobacco Company, President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva in his submission stated that the Company was willing to accept the health warnings to be printed on the pack with a few changes which could be accommodated. He stressed that some of the requirements prescribed could not be met and said amendments should be made to adhere to the terms and conditions of the Health Ministry, for which sufficient time should be given.
Deputy Solicitor General Arjuna Obeysekera gave an undertaking to Court that the implementation of the gazette notice will not take place till March 28th.The Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, Justices Gamini Amaratunga and S.E. Wanasundera directed the CTC and Minister of Health to make an endeavour to deliberate and arrive at a mutual understanding and an acceptable regime by March 26.
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