The government is pushing the SC to apply a rarely used doctrine to classify tobacco as “res extra commercium”, a Latin phrase meaning “outside commerce”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has since 2014 tightened surveillance of non-profit groups, saying they were acting against India’s national interests.
The letter sent by the health ministry revealed how Philip Morris was deploying marketing tactics in India, some targeting young people, that officials said were illegal.
The attempted hijacking came days after an Indian dhow was seized on route to Bossaso from Dubai.
Health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda had previously maintained that the sector had no funding issues, but recently revealed documents show he now believes his department needs more money to meet its objectives.