The Bombay high court has asked the state government to file a reply on whether it will release the Rs2.5 crore consignment of gutka belonging to RM Dhariwal Industries.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice AV Mohta gave the direction while hearing a petition filed by Dhariwal Industries, challenging the seizure of its consignment at the Nhava Sheva port by the Customs department on the ground that sale of gutka in the state was banned.
The plea states that in November last year, the food safety commissioner had issued a letter to the commissioner of customs, directing that export or import of tobacco products should not be allowed from any port of the city.
Thereafter, the consignment reached the Nhava Sheva port in Mumbai from the manufacturing plant in Vadodara for export, where it was seized.
Dhariwal, through their counsel, argued that the notification does not impose a ban on the export of tobacco products from Maharashtra. Advocate General Darius Khambata, however, argued that the food safety regulations empower the commissioner to prohibit export or import of any food product considered to be dangerous for consumption.
The court asked the state to file a reply on if it will allow Dhariwal to take back the consignment to Gujarat.
Judge suspended for granting bail to Beed doctor couple
The Bombay high court has suspended sitting district sessions court judge ST Mahajan, pending a disciplinary inquiry initiated by the special investigation team of the high court.
The HC has ordered the inquiry against him for granting bail to the infamous doctor couple, Dr Sudham and Dr Saraswati Munde, who allegedly carried out 55 female foeticides at their hospital in Beed.
Mahajan cannot leave Beed until the completion of the inquiry and if required, he will have to ask the Principal District Judge of Beed for permission.