Contempt notice to Rajnigandha maker for using plastic pouches

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.

Sohrabuddin case: CBI pits Tulsi against Jethmalani

Eminent criminal lawyer K.T.S. Tulsi will appear for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout case in which former Gujarat minister Amit Shah has been arrested, a government source said Thursday.

‘The CBI decided to field Tulsi and an ASG (additional solicitor general) as noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani is providing legal assistance to Shah,’ said a government source on condition of anonymity.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s close aide Shah was arrested here Tuesday after he surfaced at a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) press conference in Gandhinagar. Shah, the former minister of state for home, has been charged with ordering the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar-Bi.

The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has been accused of killing Sheikh near Ahmedabad, on grounds that he was a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, in a staged shootout Nov 26, 2005. His wife Kauser-Bi has also been missing since then