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Delhi High Court adjourns pleas for resuming sale, service of herbal hookah

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New Delhi, Sept 30 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today adjourned a batch of petitions seeking to allow the sale and service of ‘Herbal Hookah’ in Delhi, filed by various restaurants, bars and lounges.

The single-judge bench of Justice Rekha Palli pulled up the Delhi Government for filling an affidavit without reconsidering its decision, of not allowing the sale and service of ‘Herbal Hookah’ in Delhi.

On the previous date of the hearing, the court had directed the Delhi Government to reconsider its decision of not allowing the sale and service of Herbal Hookah in Delhi. 

Rebuking the Delhi Government, Justice Rekha Palli stated, “This is not compliance, you have mentioned the reasons for not allowing the sale, but there is no whisper on whether DDMA reconsidered the allowing of sale.”

Advocate Nandani Sahni, appearing for the petitioners, sought to place reliance on Narinder S. Chadha and Ors vs Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai & Ors, to state that restrictions, apart from the Cigarettes Act, are not valid.

Advocate Santosh Kumar Tripathi, appearing on behalf of the Government of NCT of Delhi, sought one week time to fall in compliance with the court’s order.

Separate petitions were filed by Breath Fine Lounge and Bar, TOS, R High Speedbar and Lounge, Verandah Moonshine, and Sixth Empirica Lounge in West Punjabi Bagh, challenging the order of the JCP (Licensing Unit), prohibiting and excluding the sale or service of herbal-flavored hookahs in restaurants/bars being run by them.

The petitioners said they were serving herbal hookahs, for which no license is required, as they are totally without tobacco, but the police is still conducting raids, seizing equipment, and issuing challans./ILNS/SNG/IL

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