Supreme Court Turns Down Plea for Committee on Cola Issue
NEW DELHI: The cola majors on Monday fought a spirited battle in the
Supreme Court, taking the fizz out of an NGOs allegation that soft
drinks were a health hazard.
They demonstrated that the ingredients used in their products were
within the permissible levels specified in the Prevention of Food
Adulteration Act and argued that a Parliamentary Committee was looking
into comprehensive changes in the law relating to contents of packaged
Appearing for cola companies, senior advocates Harish Salve, Arun
Jaitley and K K Venugopal spoke in unison that when Parliament is
seized of a Bill on the issue there was no occasion for the court
to direct appointment of a national level expert committee on this
A Bench made it clear SC should not get into the issue at all.
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