Taking a serious note of seizure of chocolates that contained ganja extract, the Madras High Court has ordered the government to submit a report on action taken for seizure of tobacco products and arrests made in this regard.
Justice N Kirubakaran had on June 14 issued a series of directives to authorities to raid shops, seize tobacco products and prosecute those selling them or those found smoking near educational institutions across the state.
It was during implementation of these orders that authorities stumbled upon another menace – sale of ganja chocolates.
On Monday, taking note of media reports of a boy falling sick in Chennai due to continuous exposure to ganja chocoloates, Justice Kirubakaran orally directed authorities to file a report on the seizures, cases registered and people arrested in connection with the ganja chocolate issue as well.
Hearing the petition by T C Sharath, the judge had directed the state Health and Welfare Department, Director General of Police and Commissioner of Police, Chennai, to form squads immediately to conduct surprise raids at shops located within 100 yards of the institutions and seize tobacco products.
The judge had ordered the authorities to confiscate the products seized as per Section 14 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution Act, 2003.