Doctor moves HC over smuggling of substandard betel-nut in India

NAGPUR: A doctor moved to the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court demanding probe into alleged smuggling of betel-nut trade, which according to him is causing huge losses to the tunes of crores to the exchequer.

A division bench of the court, on Thursday, issued notices to principal home secretary, commissioner of Food Safety and Drugs Administration (FDA) in Mumbai, and commissioner of police. The respondents are told to submit replies within four weeks.

Petitioner Dr Mehboob Chimthanwala, through counsel Raspal Singh Renu, claimed that the smuggling of substandard betel nuts, which is unfit for consumption, is underway on the basis of forged documents and in connivance with the respondents. He added that the illegal trade was flourishing while flouting all norms, which is causing massive losses of around Rs15,000 crore to the exchequer.