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HC allows Delhi bars, restaurants to serve herbal flavoured hookahs

By Jasleen Kaur -- November 16, 2021 2:11 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted interim relief to petitioners, operating bars and restaurants in the national capital and allowed them to sell and serve herbal flavoured hookahs subject to an undertaking that they will follow Covid-19 guidelines.

Justice Rekha Palli made it clear that bars and restaurants would give an undertaking that they would serve only herbal hookah following strict Covid-19 protocols. The Delhi High Court gave interim order on various petitions filed by bars and restaurants seeking permission to sell and serve herbal flavoured hookahs. The court has listed the matter for February next year for further hearing.

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The Delhi Government had earlier opposed the plea filed by various bars and restaurants seeking permission to sell and serve herbal flavoured hookahs.

Justifying its decision, the Delhi Government said it would like to continue the prohibition on the use of hookah (with and without tobacco i.e. herbal hookah, water pipes and other hookah like devices) at all public places, including hotels, restaurants, eatery houses, bars, pubs; discotheques etc.

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The submission of the Delhi Government had come on an affidavit filed through its standing counsel Santosh Kumar Tripathi.

Several bars, restaurants, eating had recently approached the Delhi High Court requesting the court to issue direction to the Delhi Government and the Delhi Police not to interfere with the sale /service of herbal flavour hookahs and not to take coercive/ adverse steps.

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Advocate Nandini Sahni, appearing for the petitioners,  contended that individual hookah would be provided to the customers and would not be shared with other customers at any cost, in the restaurants and eatery houses run by them.

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