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Patanjali’s Soan Papdi fails quality test, three face jail term

A Uttarakhand court sentenced three people to six months' imprisonment for violating food safety standards in making Patanjali Elaichi Soan Papdi.

The Pithoragarh Chief Judicial Magistrate Sanjay Singh on Saturday also imposed fines of Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 on them, besides the jail sentence.

The three who were sentenced include Leeladhar Pathak, a shopkeeper from the Berinag town of Pithoragarh, who has been given six months' imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 for selling the product. The others are Ajay Joshi, assistant manager of Patanjali's authorised representative Kanhaji Distributors Pvt Ltd located in Nainital’s Ramnagar and Abhishek Kumar, assistant general manager of the company. 

Assistant Prosecution Officer Ritesh Verma said that after collecting samples of Patanjali Elaichi Navratna Soanpapdi from Pathak's shop on September 17, 2019, they were sent to the National Laboratory in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad for testing.

A case in this regard was registered in 2021 after reports found the samples did not meet the food safety standards.

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In farewell speech, Calcutta HC judge says he is an RSS member

Justice Chitta Ranjan Dash, who retired as a judge of the Calcutta High Court on Monday, said he was a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS).

Speaking at his farewell at the high court in the presence of the judges and members of the bar, Justice Dash said he was "ready to go back to the organisation" if they call him for any assistance or for any work that he was capable of doing. “To the distaste of some persons, I must admit here that I was and am a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS),” he said.

Demitting office after over 14 years as a judge, Justice Dash came to the Calcutta HC from the Orissa HC on transfer.

"I owe a lot to the organisation... I am there from my childhood and throughout my youth," he said. "I have learnt to be courageous, upright and have an equal view for others and above the sense of patriotism and commitment to the work," he said.

Justice Dash said that he had distanced himself from the organisation for about 37 years because of his work.

"I have never used my membership of the organisation for any advancement of my career because it is against its principles," he said.

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Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea against new criminal laws

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition that challenged the enactment of three new laws that seek to overhaul India’s penal codes.

A vacation Bench of Justices Bela M Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal allowed petitioner advocate Vishal Tiwari to withdraw the plea.

The Lok Sabha, on December 21 last year, passed three key legislations - the Bharatiya Nyaya (Second) Sanhita, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha (Second) Sanhita and the Bharatiya Sakshya (Second) Bill. President Droupadi Murmu gave her assent to the bills on December 25. These new laws - the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and the Bharatiya Sakshya Act - will replace the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Indian Evidence Act respectively.

At the outset, the Bench told Tiwari, “We are dismissing it (petition)”.

The Bench said these laws have not come into force so far.

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