The Centre Friday assured the Supreme Court that there will be no commercial release of Genetically Modified (GM) Mustard crop till October 17.
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before a bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur that the process of consultation and seeking public opinion was still on and so there was no need for any imminent order.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for PIL petitioner Aruna Rodrigues, had asked for an interim order staying the commercial release of GM Mustard in view of its alleged harmful effects on biodiversity.
Mehta said the government has sought views from the public, and after receiving views and objections the matter will be considered by a committee of experts. He said all this cannot be completed by October 17 and hence, the matter can be heard at length on that day.