HC reiterates costs, bans sale of tainted Khyber, Kanwal & Avon Products

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SRINAGAR: The High Court has ordered two Kashmiri food processing companies facing adulteration charges to stop the sale of products in dispute immediately and reiterated its earlier order imposing costs on them. 

A Division Bench of the High Court Srinagar comprising Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Tashi Rabstan today reiterated the directions of Supreme Court in Special Leave Petition regarding the material used by the petitioners (Spice Manufacturing and Milk Manufacturing Companies) for not permitting them to sell the products under dispute pending before the court and directed the parties to file undertaking before the Registrar Judicial within seven days that they will not sell the products in dispute and will further comply with the directions issued  on December 23, 2013.

On December 23, the High Court had slapped Rs 10 crore fine each on three food processing companies, including two Kashmir-based groups, Khyber and Kanwal, for “manufacturing adulterated milk and spices respectively.” The third company, Avon Agro Industries Pvt Ltd, was found to manufacture “adulterated turmeric powder.”

The companies have also been directed to show cause as to why, besides initial direction for depositing Rs. 10 crore each directed by the Court vide order dated December 23, 2013, they shall not be directed to deposit further Rs. 10 crore each in view of the report of the Director SKIMS. 

Besides, the order said that to ensure that common people do not suffer by consuming adulterated food items, the deputy commissioner’s shall ensure that these adulterated food items are not sold in the market in their respective districts. 

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