BENGALURU: The High Court on Tuesday vacated the interim stay against increasing the size of pictorial warnings on cigarette packs from 40 to 85 per cent.
Justice Ravi Malimath vacated the two interim stay orders issued on December 4, 2015 and January 6, 2016. This comes after hearing the interlocutory applications (IAs) filed by the Union government and some NGOs including IPH, Health for Millions and Cancer Patients Association.
In the IAs it was contended that the issue is still under consideration before the apex court. R Venkatesh Murthy, an advocate, and others, had filed petitions challenging the decision.
"The directions issued by the Supreme Court are required to be followed in letter and spirit. The reason for issuing the direction could be that the Supreme Court did not want various high courts to pass any inconsistent or contrary orders," Justice Malimath said.