Tobacco Institute of India v. Union of India

The Tobacco Institute of India, a tobacco product retailer, a tobacco farmer, and a current smoker challenged the legality (as it relates to cigarettes) of an October 2014 Ministry of Health notification establishing pack warnings on 85% of both sides of tobacco product packaging.  The court noted that implementation of the pack warnings has been stayed in a matter concerning beedi packaging and that judicial discipline requires that a stay be granted here due to the similarity of the petitions.  Without ruling on the merits of the case, the court stayed the implementation of the pack warnings notification in a preliminary order.


Tobacco Institute of India et al., W.P. 4470/2015, 56789/2014,59460/2014,59587/2014, High Court of Karnataka at Bengaluru (2016).

  • India
  • Jan 14, 2016
  • High Court of Karnataka at Bengaluru



  • B. Shivanna
  • G.R. Venkatesh Murthy
  • Sri Javare Gowda
  • Tobacco Institute of India


  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Ministry of Labour and Employment
  • Union of India

Third Party

  • Cancer Patients Aid Association

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