NDTV has learnt that the Indian government is all set to remove English footballer John Terry's blurred image from cigarette packets which was mistakenly used as pictorial statutory warnings. This after the Chelsea skipper threatened legal action.
Terry's image was used as a warning on certain brands of cigarettes after the Supreme Court made it mandatory to show these messages to deter smoking. The government though, will now replace the images of Terry although it is unclear if another picture will be used and how long the entire process will take.
It has been learnt however that the government has asked the directorate of audio visual publicity to change the figure of John Terry because it wants to avoid entering a legal entanglement. Seven pictures have also been submitted to the health ministry.
Packets that already have Terry's image however will continue to be sold till stocks run out.