The Kerala government would look for legal steps to
enforce the ban on Coca-Cola and Pepsi in the state in
the wake of the High Court order quashing a ban on sale
and production of colas in the state, chief minister V
S Achuthanandan said.
order was issued on petitions filed by Hindustan Coca-Cola
Beverages Ltd and Pepsi India Holding Private Ltd challenging
court's verdict quashing the Kerala government's order
is unfortunate, and the government is exploring legal
steps to take corrective measures to re-enforce the ban,"
division bench comprising Chief Justice V K Bali and Justice
M Ramachandran of the Kerala High Court had issued an
order quashing the state government's order banning production
and sale of Coca Cola and Pepsi in the state.
bench upheld the contention of the two soft drink companies
that the state government had no jurisdiction to impose
a ban on manufacture and sale of their products.
ban followed the release of findings of Delhi-based NGO,
Centre for Science and Environment, that both soft drinks
contained excessive doses of pesticide residues.
are gratified that High Court of Kerala has set aside
the illegal orders of the government of Kerala and the
state food (health) authority dated August 10 and 11,
2006 respectively banning the manufacture and sale of
Coca-Cola in the state," Cocoa-Cola India said in
order protects the interests of big and small retailers,
and employees which have been affected by this illegal
ban. In response to the interests of consumers, we will
immediately take necessary steps to make Coca-Cola available
across the state," the statement added.