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Stay on notification banning plastic packaging extended

Shimla, September 3
In a relief to industries and traders, the HP High Court today extended stay on notification issued by the state government vide which it had banned 25 food items in plastic packaging till November 19.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Rajiv Sharma also granted further time to the Central government to file its reply in the matter.

The state government had banned junk food items like chips, kurkure, biscuits, etc, in plastic/non-biodegradable packaging from sale/ stocking with effect from July 1 in compliance to the orders of the court. The notification came in the wake of the high court order of January 10 that directed the government to ban the items packed in plastic packaging from April 1.

But later on the request of the government, the court had extended the time limit to implement the orders by three months.

The Bench passed these orders on the petitions of the Sanyukt Vyapar Mandal, Khalini, Indian Biscuits Manufacturers Association, Noida, and Haroli Block Industries Associations, Tahliwal, Una. In its earlier order, the court had stayed the said notification till September 3.

The counsel for the Central government sought time to file the reply. The court granted time and also extended the stay granted by it. 

The Tribune (04-09-2013)