SC seeks UP’s reply on plea against ban on halal food items | India News

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NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea challenging Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to ban manufacturing, storage, sale and distribution of food products with ‘halal’ certification and issued notice to the state.
Though a bench of Justices B R Gavai and Sandeep Mehta was not inclined to entertain the petition asking the petitioner to approach Allahabad HC, it, however, agreed to examine the plea after it was contended that the state’s decision would have pan-India ramifications and the issue involved inter-state commerce.
Senior advocates Siddharth Agarwal and Raju Ramachandran, appearing for the petitioners, said the issue needs to be settled once and for all by the apex court as the notification is violative of several fundamental rights including right to trade.
The bench thereafter got convinced and issued notice on the petitions. It posted the case for hearing after two weeks.
The bench, however, refused to stay the notification to prevent any coercive action and said that it would consider the plea for interim relief on the next date of hearing and posted the case after two weeks. The petitions have been filed by Halal India Pvt Ltd and others.
The notification was issued on November 18 last by the office of Commissioner, Food Safety and Drug Administration, Uttar Pradesh, under Section 30 (2) (a) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

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