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HC seeks govt's response to PIL questioning policy on tobacco

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today asked the Centre to respond to a which questions the Union government's policy of allowing public sector companies to invest in the tobacco industry on the ground that it contradicts the "anti-tobacco" stance of the

A bench of Chief Justice Dr Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni after hearing the petitioner's counsel Waseem Pangarkar posted the PIL to April 27.

The PIL has been filed by Sumitra Pednekar, widow of Maharashtra's former home and labour minister Satish Pednekar who died of oral in 2011, and six others including officials of Tata and doctors of Tata Memorial Hospital.

The respondents are the Corporation (LIC) and 4 other companies apart from the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) and the Union

The has sought directions from the high to respondent insurance companies to divest their shareholding from tobacco companies and not to make such investments in future.

The PIL wants that the and the IRDA be directed to frame guidelines or a code of conduct to ensure such disinvestment takes place and also to ensure that no such investments are made in future.

The has said that the investments made by insurance companies are in contradiction to the anti-tobacco stance taken by the Union government at national and international levels.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 17 2017. 21:02 IST