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The Institute of Public Health v. The State Government of Karnataka, et al.

The Institute of Public Health sought an order enjoining the Indian Tobacco Board from sponsoring an international tobacco promotion event, alleging that the sponsorship violated the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). By an interim order, the Court ordered the Tobacco Board to refrain from sponsoring the event and prohibited it from sponsoring or promoting similar events in the future.  In this final order, the Court entered petitioner’s draft code of conduct into the record and noted in its order that the Union of India will consider this draft to frame a code of conduct.  The Court disposed of the remaining relief sought, concluding that the respondents were now in compliance with the law.