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Apex court upholds consumer Act

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional validity of the Consumer Protection Act, saying it was enacted to protect the common consumer and enhance the quality of service, reports our legal correspondent.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice V.N. Khare and Justices K.G. Balakrishnan and S.B. Sinha dismissed all challenges to the validity of the Act and the legislative competence of Parliament and state legislatures.

“In view of the constitutional scheme relating to legislative competence of Parliament and state legislature, there cannot be any doubt or dispute that Parliament (and state legislative Assemblies) has the requisite legislative competence to enact the said Act,” the judges said.

The constitutional validity of the legislation was questioned because of the lack of a provision for the transfer of a case from one consumer court to another. Legislative competence was questioned because Parliament and state legislatures had created a parallel hierarchy of courts when the judicial system already existed.

The apex court rejected these arguments and held that absence of a provision in the Act to transfer a case from one consumer court to another would not render it unconstitutional.

Moreover, consumer courts did not amount to creating a parallel judicial system, the court said.

Pizza Hut in non-veg soup

Jaipur (PTI): Noida police are investigating whether Pizza Hut had served non-vegetarian food to a customer, who claims to have been a vegetarian all his life.

Acting on a complaint from a Noida company executive, Shailesh Mishra, a sub-inspector has been asked to find out whether he had been served non-vegetarian pizza by the multinational food chain outlet located at sector 18 as against his order for a vegetarian pizza, police sources said.

“We will visit the outlet and check out the facts,” station house officer of sector 20 police station R.D. Tyagi said.

According to Mishra, he, along with his brother Nilesh Mishra and friend Amit Vats, had ordered for a vegetarian and non-vegetarian pizzas, respectively. “It was only after I took two slices, I realised that the packet labelled vegetarian actually contained a non-vegetarian pizza,” he said.

ishra said: “I have never had non-vegetarian food in my life. By serving us non-vegetarian food in place of vegetarian food, Pizza Hut has hurt our religious sentiments.”

Contacted twice, outlet shift manager Pradyumn was evasive and promised to call back, which he never did.

Mishra said he would seek damages from Pizza Hut.

Fire in Sahara building

kochi (PTI): A major fire broke out on the ground floor of the Sahara India building at Goregaon in north Mumbai on Thursday, destroying records and furniture.

No one was injured in the fire which broke out around 6 pm, fire brigade sources said. It was brought under control around 7.45 pm. The building houses the company’s airline office, human resources department, a newly constructed studio and godowns.

Economist dead

Bangalore (PTI): Economist Prof P.R. Brahmananda died here following a cardiac arrest. Beginning as a research assistant, he developed the wage-goods model pleading for priority for agriculture and related wage goods, developing self-employment oriented and small industries, controlling population growth and for price stability.

Cops recalled

Jaipur (PTI): Four policemen have been recalled to the police lines following Wednesday’s clash between resident doctors of a medical college here and policemen, even as the state government ordered an inquiry into the incident, an official said. At least 15 people, including six doctors, were injured.

Dhaka package

Dhaka (Pool-BSS): Bangladesh airlines Biman will soon launch a package between Dhaka and India. It will include routes like Dhaka-Delhi-Agra-Jaipur besides other destinations in India, the Biman director said.

Navy terminal plan

kochi (PTI): Chief of naval staff Admiral Madhavendra Singh has said the navy would not hold up the much-awaited Rs 2,000-crore Vallarpadam container transhipment terminal. The cranes at the project site would have to be “repositioned”, he said.

Lokpal relief

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has ruled that if the post of lokpal is abolished mid-way through the tenure of a person by repealing the parent Act, he should be compensated for the loss of salary for the remaining tenure. A steam-engine that used to pull a toy train transporting children of the royal Gaekwad family has been “decommissioned” and would find a place at the Gaekwad Palace Museum in Vadodara. The train and its engine had been brought from the UK.

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