Maharashtra Government announced to make Sale of Gutka a non-bailable offence
The accused will be booked under Section 328 of the IPC, which is non-bailable and could lead to imprisonment for a term which may extend up to 10 years with fine.
State Government of Maharashtra on 23 March 2015 announced that those involved in the sale of gutka in the state will be booked under Section 328 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), that is, sale of gutka will be made a non-bailable offence.
The decision was announced by State Food and Drug Minister Girish Bapat in the State Legislative Assembly.
Until now, the manufacture and sale of Gutka was banned in Maharashtra, but was not implemented effectively leading to smuggling of the tobacco-laced chewing products in the state from neighbouring states. Maharashtra banned the sale of gutka in July 2012.
Section 328 of the IPC carries the charge of causing hurt by means of poison etc. with intent to commit an offence and the person who administers or causes any person to take any poison or any stupefying, intoxicating or unwholesome drug could be imprisoned for a term which may extend up to 10 years with fine.