SC declines to consider PIL calling for health warnings on alcohol bottles

The Supreme Court refused to hear a PIL urging government to provide health warnings on liquor bottles similar to tobacco products . The bench said such decisions are in the governments policymaking field .

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court refused to hear a PIL on Friday urging government to provide health warnings on liquor bottles similar to tobacco products, citing the court's non-intervention in strategy.According to a bench containing Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justices Indira Banerjee and S Ravindra Bhat, such decisions are in the government's policymaking field.Alcohol is ten times more harmful than cigarettes.According to PIL petitioner and counsel Ashwini Upadhyay, health alerts on cigarette packets were made compulsory by court orders, and the same rule can be followed here as well.

The bench explained in the order that the courts would not intervene in these cases.In the case of alcohol, the bench said that there have been statements that it is good for health if taken in moderation.The PIL has also demanded that the environmental impact assessment (EIA), which is required for development projects that have an effect on the environment, be made mandatory before certifying them as safe for human consumption.