World Lung Foundation South Asia v. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
The World Lung Foundation South Asia contended that, in violation of India's tobacco control law (COTPA), tobacco was being sold within prohibited areas around schools. In this interim order, the Court asked the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to take appropriate steps to ensure that tobacco selling in centres, outlets, kiosks, and thelas are "absolutely stopped" within the prohibited area. Specifically, the Court ordered the Commissioner to establish a specialized task force committed to the cause within three days of the Court's opinion, and to punish any police officer engaged in protecting illegal tobacco sellers. Further, the Court maintained that civil society has the right to know about actions taken by the police.