Court order will be in force until all States frame rules to regulate transaction

With a view to preventing acid attacks, the Supreme Court has completely prohibited over-the-counter sale of the chemical unless the seller maintains a log/register recording the address and other details of the buyer, and the quantum.

Giving this interim direction, effective until rules are framed by States and Union Territories , a Bench of Justices R.M. Lodha and Ibrahim Kalifulla, hearing the petition filed by acid attack victim Laxmi, said on Thursday all dealers should sell the chemical only after the buyer showed a government-issued photo identity card and specified the purpose of purchase. The seller should submit the details of sale to the local police within three days of the transaction; no acid should be sold to any person under 18 and all stocks must be declared with the local sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) in 15 days. Undeclared stocks could be confiscated and the defaulter fined up to Rs.50, 000.