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Cannot sell alcohol under the guise of ayurvedic syrup, says Gujarat HC

Updated: Apr 21st, 2024

In November last year, the Changodar police filed a complaint against Amod Bhave, owner of AMB Pharma, who was allegedly involved in manufacturing  toxic ayurvedic syrup that exceeded the permissible limit of alcohol content.

Justice Hasmukh Suthar of the Gujarat High Court dismissed the petition filed by Bhave to quash prosecution against him for selling toxic ayurvedic syrup.

“The state of Gujarat follows the ideals and principles of Mahatma Gandhi, has a firm resolve to eradicate alcohol, and has also amended the laws related to intoxicating drugs. The state has also made amendments to the Gujarat Prohibition Act to completely ban them,” said Justice Suthar.

“In this case, the petitioner faced charges for selling alcohol under the guise of ayurvedic medicine and applied stickers to bottles that stated below the permissible limit of 11%,” said the Gujarat High Court.

“However, the FSL reports revealed that alcoholic substances were more than 12% in the ayurvedic medicine,” HC added.

The additional state prosecutor, Manan Mehta, argued, “FIR has been lodged against the petitioner at various places, including Dwarka, Kutch, Rajkot, and Amreli, for selling alcohol under the guise of ayurvedic syrup.”

“By selling medicines containing alcohol beyond the permitted limit, he has played with the public’s health.”

The Gujarat HC has dismissed the petition of Bhave, which demanded the quashing of the prosecution against him for selling ayurvedic syrup beyond permissible alcohol limits.

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