Nestle questions NCDRC’s jurisdiction in Maggi case

The company further argued that the apex consumer court has no jurisdiction to hear the government’s class action suit as it amounts to judicial indiscipline.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published:October 9, 2015 1:35 am

Nestle India on Thursday told the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) that there was no need to send the Maggi noodles samples for fresh testing as a similar exercise was ordered by the Bombay High Court and the test reports are awaited.

As such, it questioned the jurisdiction of the consumer court to adjudicate on the matter once the High Court (HC) has already ruled on the issue.

“We are waiting for the results of the samples from three laboratories as was ordered by the HC in few days. As such what is the need of parallel tests?” Nestle argued before a bench headed by Justice VK Jain.

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The company further argued that the apex consumer court has no jurisdiction to hear the government’s class action suit as it amounts to judicial indiscipline. It said that the Maggi issue is covered under the Food Safety and Standards Act which in itself is wide enough to provide for resolution of disputes, thus the Consumer Protection Act is not required to be brought in.

Citing HC which had set aside the countrywide ban on Maggi, Nestle had sought the Commission to recall its earlier order allowing the government to collect and send samples of its popular Maggi noodles to an “accredited laboratory” for tests on lead content and MSG. FE

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