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The Supreme Court Wednesday issued a contempt notice to the Dharampal Satyapal Group of Companies — manufacturers of chewing tobaco Rajnigandha and Tulsi — for marketing their product in plastic pouches in violation of court orders of December 2010.

An apex court bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and Asok Kumar Ganguly issued notice to the company’s managing director, Rajiv Kumar, on an application filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation , drawing the court’s attention to the violation of its order.

The court said plastic pouches should not be used in any form and restrained the company from marketing its already manufactured produce, which was dated April 2011.

The ban on marketing of chewing tobacco in plastic pouches came into effect on March 31, 2011.

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