A. Sherfudeen v. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Mr. Sherfudeen seeks a court order directing the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) to bring into effect Section 7(5) of India's omnibus tobacco control law, COTPA, that requires the display on tobacco product packaging of tar and nicotine contents and the maximum permissible limits. The court highlighted a 2010 MOHFW affidavit which indicated that the Ministry was receiving input from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the establishment of laboratories to undertake tar and nicotine testing. The court noted, however, that the government submitted this affidavit six years ago. The court dismissed Mr. Sherfudeen's petition, but required that the government file a new affidavit regarding its progress.