|Wednesday, 02 December, 2015, 08 : 00 AM [IST]|
|Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi|
|National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has asked the government to submit its reply on Nestle’s argument that unending testing cannot go on during the hearing of the Rs 640 crore Maggi class suit filed by Government of India against the company.
According to sources, the court has reserved its order on tests and did not ask for any further tests. Further the results of the previously taken samples are yet to come.
The bench comprising Justice V K Jain and Justice B C Gupta reserved its order on the decision on the tests. The bench said it would decide later on the fresh tests on 31 samples of Maggi noodles, as requested by the government counsel.
Although the bench agreed in principle to having the samples, identified by the government counsel, tested, it reserved the order and said the decision would be made later. The court, after a nearly two-hour hearing, said it would decide in future regarding where the 31 samples will go for testing, if at all fresh tests are needed.
The bench, in its order on October 15, asked for testing of 13 samples of Maggi noodles from nine batches, on a request by the government counsel.
Sources pointed out that during the hearing, Nestle’s counsel Iqbal Chagla once again raised questions of Maggi being singled out while the government counsel replied that it was a first-of-its-kind case where government was representing voices of the consumers and they needed to be heard. The government insisted that there was need to test a wider range of samples to ensure safety of the product.