While Maggi may be back at shelves, controversy related to the ban of India’s most popular noodles hasn’t yet stopped. And this time, its Snapdeal which is dealing with it. An FIR has been filed against the founders and CEO of the eCommerce website for allegedly selling Maggi during the ban period, reports ET.
A case has been registered against CEO of Snapdeal – Kunal Bahl and the company’s founder Rohit Bansal for online sale of Nestle’s Maggi in five states, including Rajasthan during the period of ban between June 7 and October 30 last year.
The complaint was lodged yesterday by Lalit Sharma, a Jaipur-based lawyer. After the complaint, police registered an FIR under sections 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 272 (adulteration of food or drink intended for sale), 273 (sale of noxious food or drink) of the IPC and sections 59 and 63 of the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.
Last June, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India had placed a ban on sale of Maggi noodles after they claimed to have found high levels of lead in it. However, the Bombay High Court set aside the countrywide ban on nine variants of Nestle’s Maggi instant noodles, saying the national food regulator had acted in an “arbitrary” manner and not followed the “principles of natural justice” while banning the product.
Nestle India has resumed selling its popular Maggi noodles in India after getting the green light from government laboratories, as mandated by the Bombay High Court.