The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Centre to circulate among States and Union Territories model rules for regulating sale of acids and other corrosive substances framed under the Poisons Act.

Those States and Union Territories which were yet to frame rules to declare ‘acid’ a poisonous substance must do so within three months, a Bench of Justices R.M. Lodha and Ibrahim Kalifulla said. “The Centre and the States should work towards making offences under the Poisons Act cognisable and non-bailable,” it said.

The model rules will cover form of acids (liquids or crystalline and its concentration) that can be stored and sold; licensing; issue of licences; and procurement by individuals, educational and research institutions, hospitals and industries. They will also lay down a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for management and handling of acids.

The Bench said Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh had framed the rules; Meghalaya had circulated the draft rules. Tamil Nadu informed the court that it would come out with the rules in two months. “The States which have already notified rules to regulate sale of acids will have the option to enforce the … rules or adopt the model rules in place of the existing rules.”

The Bench directed the matter to be listed for further hearing after four months.

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