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Maggi ban: Nestle questions NCDRC’s jurisdiction to try suit

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New Delhi : Nestle India Limited questioned the jurisdiction of the apex consumer court to try the Centre’s Rs 640 crore suit against it for alleged unfair trade practices pertaining to Maggi noodles, saying the Bombay High Court has already dismissed a similar plea.

The company told the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) that there was nothing new in the government’s suit as all the contentions were dismissed by the High Court in its August 13 order, which had set aside the countrywide ban on its Maggi noodles.

The counsel appearing for the firm said that Department of Consumer Affairs in its present suit has not relied upon any new evidence than what was proposed before the High Court.

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The noodle manufacturer also raised doubts on the samples collected by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and claimed that these might have been tampered with.

The commission’s bench, headed by Justice V K Jain, fixed the matter for October 15 for further hearing. Citing Bombay High Court order, the company sought to recall an earlier NCDRC order by which it had admitted the government’s present suit against the noodles manufacturer.

In its petition, Department of Consumer Affairs has alleged that Nestle India had “indulged in unfair trade practices by false labelling of Maggi Noodles in as much as it states ‘No added MSG’ prominently on packet, despite presence of MSG.”

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The department has also alleged that the company sold “defective” goods to the public by selling Maggi noodles with the presence of lead and MSG and indulged in unfair trade practices by offering for sale Maggi Oats Masala Noodles with Tastemaker without risk assessment and product approval.

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Published on: Friday, October 09, 2015, 01:13 AM IST
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