Hemant Goswami vs Union of India and Ors.

Writ in Public Interest (PIL) against surrogate promotion of tobacco product under the guise of bravery award

by Hemant Goswami
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Violations of the “Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003,” which among other things prohibits advertisement of tobacco products and promotion of tobacco products or the trade mark or brand name under section 5. Tobacco companies, Organisations, individuals and prominent people who on no account are ignorant of the law and their responsibilities keep on promoting the trade mark and/or brand name of tobacco products. No action or cognizance taken by the

Government/responsible enforcement agencies for such violation. The recent incident being the reinstitution of “Red & White” bravery awards by Godfrey Phillips India

Limited promoting the trade mark/brand name of the tobacco cigarette brand “Red & White.” Request for intervention of the Honourable High Court to take notice of the violation and direct strict penal action for each instance of volation so as to offset the commercial gains of the tobacco companies and other organisations helping in promotion and advertisement of tobacco products; to penalise people participating, assisting and helping in organising such forbidden promotion of tobacco product’s brand name/ trade mark with great disregard to the law, public health & morality.

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