Indore: Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging exorbitant price charged for food items, drinks sold in multiplexes. A division bench of Justice PK Jaiswal and Justice SK Awasthi rejected the petition by advocate Ayush Pandey stating that an identical petition was filed in the principal bench at Jabalpur, which was also rejected.

In the PIL, Pandey had sought to regulate prices of food items sold at multiplexes. He had attached rate list of food articles sold in multiplexes in the city. Citing examples, he said quantity of popcorn available for Rs 10 to Rs 15 in market is being sold for Rs 150 or above. The petitioner claimed that snacks sold in certain multiplexes them are costlier than movie ticket.

He stated that the food items can’t be sold at such high rates purely for the reason that they are sold in multiplexes. He also alleged that there is no rule that prohibits movie goers to buy snacks, beverages from outside multiplexes. The petitioner also cited a ruling by Bombay High Court on identical petition.

The court had issued notices to chief secretary, multiplex owners in the city. After receiving their replies, the court on Tuesday dismissed the petition. “As the case is same, it will be appropriate to dismiss this petition as well in the light of the ruling passed by Jabalpur bench,” the court observed.

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