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Trader exonerated of adulteration charge

It took 22 long years for Anil Kumar Sodhi to remove the stain left by six insects found in 600 grams of flour he sold to a team of food inspectors.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 13, 2009 12:25:48 am

It took 22 long years for Anil Kumar Sodhi to remove the stain left by six insects found in 600 grams of flour he sold to a team of food inspectors.

The Delhi High Court in a recent judgment dismissed the presence of the insects as merely “an incident that can occur due to open storage”.

A team of food inspectors had paid a visit to Sodhi’s shop in the Okhla Industrial Area on February 22,1987 and bought 600 grams of flour.

Samples from the purchase were sent to the Public Analyst,who concluded the flour was “adulterated” after chancing upon three live and three dead insects in about 200 grams of the sample.

Sodhi was promptly booked under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act and was pronounced guilty a decade later by the New Delhi Magistrate Court.

“No purchaser would have ever demanded flour containing three live or three dead insects or any egg or larvae,” the Magistrate said while passing the verdict against him.

Sodhi challenged the judgment before the Additional Sessions Court,which promptly acquitted him on the ground that the Analyst had separately mentioned that the flour indeed was of a “standard quality”.

Dismissing a government appeal against the acquittal,the High Court observed,“It was not a case of adulteration and the finding of insects in the 200 grams of flour taken for sample analysis does not mean that it has been deliberately done to increase the value or to downgrade the quality of the food article manufactured.”

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