Coca-Cola Refuses Conditional License, Challenges Village Council Power
Palakkad: Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited at Plachimada
has rejected the three-month conditional licence issued by the Perumatty
Grama Panchayat describing it as a violation of the High Court order.
The company, in its letter to the panchayat on Wednesday, said that
"the grant of licence for a period of three months is arbitrary and
in violation of High Court order of April 7, 2005 and as further clarified
on June 1, 2005. It is a step once again taken by the Panchayat in
total disregard of the Rule of Law and also the judicial determination.''
The company has also filed another application for licence for two
years. The 13 conditions mentioned in the panchayat order were "well
outside the powers entrusted to the Panchayat under the Panchayati
Raj legislation for governance within the geographical boundaries."
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