The Delhi High Court's stay on the crackdown against manufacturers and users of plastic bags has been extended till May 17.
The court, hearing a petition filed by plastic manufacturers and associations challenging the blanket ban on the use and manufacture of plastic bags, had on March 8 extended the stay on the crackdown till March 26.
But the bench hearing the matter did not convene on Friday and May 17 was set as the next date of hearing.
"The assurance from the government stands and we know it has not been broken so far," Chief Justice D Murugesan told senior lawyer Arvind Nigam representing the plastic manufacturers on March 8.
Nigam had asked whether the assurance the bench extracted in December from the Delhi government and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) that they would not take any coercive action against the manufacturers and users till the court took a final stand on the petition still held ground.
The court had during the hearing asked the Delhi government to justify the ban on manufacturers of plastic bags. "We can understand the ban on sale within Delhi and its use by public. But why ban manufacturers? If they manufacture and only export, are you saying that it would be hazardous?" the bench asked the government's counsel. The notification had come into force from November 23, 2012.
Plastic bags include those used to cover magazines, books and invitation cards.