Supreme Court Turns Down Plea for Committee on Cola Issue
Times News Network
March 21, 2006

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 food.

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 issue.

A Bench made it clear SC should not get into the issue at all.

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