SC: Why not ban endosulfan?

Decision to ban pesticide only after ICMR study

By Savvy Soumya Misra
Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government why endosulfan cannot be banned with immediate effect.

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The court was hearing a petition filed by the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) from Kerala seeking a ban on production, sale and use of endosulfan in the country.

In reply to the court’s query, attorney general Gopal Subramaniam said a decision could be taken only after the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) completed its study on the pesticide, which would take another two to three months. The bench headed by the chief justice was keen to ban the pesticide immediately. The ban could be lifted if endosulfan came clean after the completion of the studies.

However, pesticide manufacturers, represented by former attorney general Soli Sorabjee said they wanted to present some studies before the court and demanded another hearing. The court has scheduled the next hearing for May 13.

Deepak Prakash, advocate for DYFI, said, that the court is positive about banning the pesticide. “We are hoping for a positive result on Friday,” he added.

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