Indian Dental Association and Another v. State of U.P. and Another
The Indian Dental Association sued the State of Uttar Pradesh in an effort to reduce the production, sale and consumption of pan masala and to restrict the use of tobacco in pan masala, also known as gutkha. The Court noted arguments made by the State government: (1) There are no restrictions on the consumption of pan masala in the Food Safety and Standards Act, and thus the State government cannot impose restrictions on this product; (2) The Government is considering placing restrictions on the use of pan masala mixed with tobacco, including gutkha. In this order, the Court discusses the addition (and briefing schedule) of various intervenors and a respondent, the Union of India.