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Gujarat HC refuses to scrap adulteration case against Pepsico

The Gujarat High Court has refused to set aside a case filed against the Pepsico Holdings India Private Ltd for selling adulterated product. Justice J B Pardiwala rejected the MNC’s plea seeking quashing of the case. The High Court did not accept its contention that delay in filing of the case caused it prejudice.

Surat Municipal Corporation’s food inspector, A S Licensewala, collected six bottles of the soft drink Lehar Pepsi from Kamal Enterprise, a wholesaler, in November 1997, and sent them for testing. The report of tests, received in January 1998, said the beverage was adulterated, with excessive impurity in the form of “floated feculent gelatin”.

SMC filed a complaint against Pepsico and 11 staff in September 2000 before a magistrate’s court.
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