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Endosulfan: Centre gets more time

Supreme Court grants further three weeks' time to file an interim report

The Supreme Court on Friday granted further three weeks' time to the Centre to file an interim report on the study by an expert committee on the harmful effects of endosulfan.

A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan, and Justice Swatanter Kumar rejected the plea of Additional Solicitor-General Mohan Parasaran seeking six weeks for submission of the report.

On May 13, the court, while banning the use of endosulfan all over India, directed the statutory authorities to freeze the production licences granted to the manufacturers of the pesticide till further orders. It asked the expert committee to submit a report in eight weeks.

During the resumed hearing on Friday, Mr. Parasaran submitted that the committee needed further time to give its report.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the manufacturers of endosulfan, submitted that since the production of the pesticide had come to a halt, it was affecting international export commitments.

Export of product

He said, “we make the product for other countries. Why to stop the export?”

Senior advocate Krishna Venugopal, appearing for the petitioner Democratic Youth Federation of India, opposed lifting the ban and allowing export.

The CJI asked Mr. Salve, “we want to be sure that if we allow the export it should not come back to India”.

The Bench while granting three weeks asked the ASG to consider the demand of the manufactures to allow export of the piled up stock.

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