While hearing appeals against the rejection of their bail applications prior to arrest by Madhya Pradesh High Court in Indore, attorney Puneet Jain told the judiciary that the criminal provisions relating to l The offense of tampering with food are likely to be released on bail and therefore deserved advance bail.
“It is only in India that we are liberal with health issues,” Judge Shah said, adding, “Mr. Jain, answer this. Will you eat that adulterated wheat.”
As the judiciary was not inclined to consider the application for early bail, the lawyer decided to withdraw it.
“On the prayer of Christi Jain, the special leave petition is dismissed as withdrawn,” the judiciary noted in its order on Tuesday.
In addition to the offense of cheating, the defendants were convicted under Articles 272 (adulteration of food or drink intended for sale) and 273 (sale of harmful food or drink) of the IPC which provides for a penalty of Maximum imprisonment of six months or a maximum fine of Rs 1,000 or both.
According to the FIR filed by the Food Safety Department, the businessmen were accused of using an “inedible golden offset color” to polish wheat at the premises of Darshil Agro Industries located in Kanawati village in Neemuch .
During the raid on December 3, 2020, the Neemuch food security official seized 1620 kg of “poorly labeled and mislabeled polished wheat” worth Rs 27.74 lakh.
On March 12, the High Court dismissed the accused’s request for bail prior to arrest, saying the allegations were of a serious nature.