Ghodawat Pan Masala v. State of Karnataka
A company that manufactures pan masala challenged a government order prohibiting it from manufacturing, selling, or distributing gutkha and pan masala containing tobacco. The court rejected the company’s request for relief from the government order saying that to grant it would harm public health. The court noted that the government does have the authority to issue the order prohibiting the manufacture and sale of gutkha and pan masala containing tobacco. Additionally, the court rejected the company’s argument that it did not have sufficient warning about the order, noting that government enforcement did not take place until nearly a year and eight months after the ban on gutkha and pan masala went into effect.