Holding her guilty of selling adulterated ghee, the court has awarded six months in jail to a 58-year-old widow after nearly five years of being booked under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.
Chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma also imposed a fine of `1,000 on the convict Karamjeet Kaur, partner and licence holder of Punjab Dairy, Sector 41, Chandigarh.
However, her partner Gagandeep Kaur was acquitted as the prosecution failed to prove allegations against her.
Dismissing her pleas for leniency, the court said, “It is one of those rare cases where the Chandigarh administration has succeeded to establish guilt of the accused. Thus sentencing such convicts with reasonable punishment is necessary to send message to such other persons who risk the life of public for greed by selling adulterated food items.”
The court, however, suspended her sentence for one month to provide her opportunity to file an appeal against the conviction.
Karamjeet, partner of Punjab Dairy, was booked for food adulteration on compliant of food inspector Bharat Kanojia after samples of 5kg ghee stored in her shop was found to be adulterated. The team had raided her shop on November 25, 2010, and found 5kg ghee stored in the shop.
Samples were taken that subsequently failed thus chargesheet against Karamjeet and Gagandeep was filed before the court on February 9, 2014. As per the public analysts Punjab, the ghee was found to be adulterated while the report of Central Food Laboratory Mysore found the ghee substandard, thus proving the guilt.
Gagandeep’s association with business not proved
The court had acquitted Gagandeep Kaur as the prosecution failed to prove her association with the business of selling ghee.
What also went in her favour was the fact that she was not present in the shop when the samples were taken by the that had raided her shop on November 25.
Gagandeep had told the court that she had nothing to do with the shop and was falsely implicated in the case.