Procedural Lapses Dog GM Mustard Approval As SC Begins Hearings

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it will not approve the commercial use ofgenetically modified (GM) mustard without the courts approval first.

Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi gave this assurance before a three-judge Bench of Chief Justices T.S. Thakur and Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao while hearing a petition filed by the environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues. Rodrigues was seeking the prohibition of open field-trials and the commercial release of GM mustard. Earlier, on October 7, the court had asked the centre not to release GM mustard till the court could take a call on all the issues.