Supreme Court of India:-
Rahul Joshi – Petitioner
Union of India & Ors. – Respondents
By this writ petition , filed in public interest , the petitioner-a public spirited citizen, concerned with the loss of thousands of lives on acquiring fatal diseases on the use of tobacco products, especially cigarette smoking, after making comprehensive research and annexing news items and research papers as well as the order passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of passive smoking, in Murli S.Deora v. Union of India And Others, (2001) 8 SCC 765, and the order of the Allahabad High Court in Writ Petition No. 1078 (M/B) of 2013-Love care Foundation v. Union of India and another, dated 21.07.2014, recommending plain packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products, has prayed for a direction to implement and enforce the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2014 (in short, ‘the Rules of 2014’), made by the Central Government in exercise of the powers conferred by the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (in short, ‘the Act of 2003’); to immediately frame, promulgate and implement plain packaging Rules for cigarette and other tobacco products; to prohibit the use of colour, imagery, corporate logo, trademarks from all cigarette and tobacco products; to prohibit the sale and distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products till implementation of plain tobacco packaging in the State of Rajasthan; and to prohibit the sale and distribution of loose cigarettes and other tobacco products. The petitioner has also prayed for revocation of reduction of tax on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products by the State of Rajasthan in the current financial year.