DGHS claimed that in 2005, rules were laid down to ban the advertisement of tobacco products but the company carried out a surrogate ad campaign.
The death rate on account of gutka or paan masala and other tobacco products is much more than that on account of the pandemic, the court said.
The State banning tobacco products in Telangana is in the larger interest of human life and are reasonable restrictions, the HC said.
While Railway officials confirmed that it is not mandatory to scan the parcels sent through its network, they said the RPF is conducting regular checks to prevent the transportation of banned materials.
The tobacco products were kept in sacks at a shop at Allapra and a godown at Palakattuthazham, for selling them among migrant workers, said the police.
Shops that sell banned tobacco products like gutka and paan will be sealed if they don’t stop selling them even after notice is served and fine is levied, said Health Minister Ma Subramanian.
In another cases, the police intercepted a car at Gajulapalli and seized 10 cases of Karnataka liquor bottles and arrested two persons.
The special drive was carried out on the directions of DGP Gautam Sawang.
Experts have said there has not been any major increase in tobacco taxes since the introduction of GST in July 2017, and all tobacco products have become more affordable over the past three years.
Small retailers in Himachal Pradesh on Friday resented the Centre's decision that restricted those dealing with tobacco products not to sell non-tobacco products, calling it "grossly unfair."