The Supreme Court said on Friday it would not get involved in policy decisions and refused to consider a PIL that asked the court to order the government to put health warnings on liquor bottles as they do. for cigarettes. According to a bench consisting of Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Justices Indira Banerjee and S Ravindra Bhat, such choices fall within the decision-making authority of the government. “Ten times more dangerous than cigarettes are alcoholic beverages. Court rulings have made health warnings on cigarette packs essential, and the same direction can also be taken here,” said lawyer and PIL petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay. “These are all policy issues. The courts cannot become involved in these matters,” the bench said in the order.
The bench said there have been suggestions that alcohol is healthy if consumed in moderation. In addition to calling for health warnings, PIL also asks that like the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which is required for development projects that have an impact on the environment, the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of products be made mandatory before they are deemed fit for human consumption.