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Calcutta HC Lifts Ban on Hookah Use in Bars & Restaurants in Kolkata & Salt Lake

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Calcutta HC Lifts Ban on Hookah Use in Bars & Restaurants in Kolkata & Salt Lake

Last Updated: January 24, 2023, 21:13 IST

The court held that the restaurants and bars do not need a separate trade licence for the use of hookahs there(IANS)

The courtroom held that the eating places and bars don’t want a separate commerce licence for the usage of hookahs there(IANS)

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday put aside a ban on the usage of hookahs in bars and eating places in Kolkata and adjoining Bidhannagar (Salt Lake) imposed by the civic authorities in the 2 cities.

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday put aside a ban on the usage of hookahs in bars and eating places in Kolkata and adjoining Bidhannagar (Salt Lake) imposed by the civic authorities in the 2 cities.

The National Restaurant Association of India moved the excessive courtroom claiming that such eating places and bars in the 2 cities haven’t violated any provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003, of the Central authorities.

Noting that the West Bengal authorities has not framed any guidelines in this regard, Justice Rajasekhar Mantha noticed that in the absence of any guidelines, the municipal firms of Kolkata and Bidhannagar can’t cross orders in opposition to use of hookahs in bars and eating places having a sound licence.

The courtroom held that the eating places and bars don’t want a separate commerce licence for the usage of hookahs there.

“Any route opposite to the above, issued by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation or the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation is prohibited and unhealthy in legislation,” the court held.

Justice Mantha said that these establishments are, however, required to strictly comply with the provisions of the COTP Act 2003.

Submitting that his clients are strictly complying with the rules and regulations of the COTP Act, 2003, and other applicable statutes and rules, the counsel for the association claimed that they only permit use of tobacco, nicotine and herbal products in the hookahs.

The court held that since there is no law banning the use of tobacco, nicotine and herbal products in bars and restaurants, subject to rules and regulations, neither the Kolkata Municipal Corporation nor the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation can restrict the use of hookahs.

Justice Mantha directed that his order will not prevent either the Bidhannagar Police or the Kolkata Police from ensuring that other laws are not violated by the restaurant and bar owners.

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