KOCHI: A petition has been filed in the Kerala High Court against the ban on import of fresh apples through ports other than Nhava Sheva, Mumbai, which is the largest container port in India.
The petition was filed by Chennai-based Mundra Exports, seeking to quash the government notification in this regard. Counsel for the petitioner Adv V J Mathew submitted that the notification was issued without any valid reason, and without any rationale to the object sought to be achieved.
The order directly affects the fundamental right of the petitioner to practice his profession.
"The petitioner, who is doing business as a local importer and supplier, should be given the liberty to choose as to where to import apple, in the best interest of his business and to exploit market possibilities in South India," stated the counsel.