SC for Making Milk Adulteration Punishable with Life Imprisonment
Expressing concern over the increasing problem of milk adulteration in the country , the Supreme court on Thursday sought response from all the states on providing harsher punishment of life imprisonment to people indulging in the production and marketing of spurious milk.
A Bench headed by Justice K S Radhakrishnan asked the governments to take immediate steps to control the menace of adulteration.
The court sought detailed affidavits from all the state governments on what steps they are taking to tackle the issue of adulteration and on amendment in law to make the offence punishable with up to life imprisonment as has been done by Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha.
The Bench also pulled up the UP government for not prosecuting people indulging in milk adulteration under the stringent provision and sought details of the pending cases on the issue in the state. The Bench granted three weeks time to states to file their responses.