The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the commercial release of Genetically Modified Mustard crop for 10 days and asked the Centre to take public opinion on such seeds before releasing them for cultivation, even as the government approval is awaited. A Bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said the Centre would not commercially release the GM mustard crop till October 17 when it would hear the matter in detail.
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta agreed that no commercial release of the seeds would be done till October 17 and views and suggestions of the public should be taken and put up for the perusal of the appraisal committee before releasing them. Mustard is one of India’s most important winter crops which is sown between mid-October and late November.