Fake goods worth Rs 30 crores seized
Corporate houses have begun cracking down on this counterfeit menace jointly with police and investigative agencies.Updated: May 30, 2006 14:32 IST
India Inc has already launched a major counter offensive against a counterfeit goods market estimated at Rs 20,000 crore even as the US insists on stronger Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection in the country.
The major corporate houses have begun cracking down on this counterfeit menace jointly with police and private investigative agencies and their efforts are already bearing results as Rs 30 crore worth fake goods have been seized from the four metros in the last couple of years.
"Bulk of the seizures form pirated CDs and DVDs along with computer peripherals and CD players. This is followed by FMCG sector and automobile spare parts," DCP Economic Offences Wing, Delhi, KK Vyas said.
"Private investigating agencies specialised in IPR protection are being hired by the corporate houses. They have the power of attorney to investigate cases of IPR violation. We conduct raids on the basis of their information," DCP Enforcement, Crime Branch Mumbai, Sanjay Apranti said.
Delhi tops the list with seizures worth Rs 21 crore since 2005, followed by Mumbai police Rupees four crore (since 2003),Chennai Rupees three crore and Kolkata Rupees two crore.
Since 2003 till date, Mumbai police have registered 256 cases and arrested 517 accused. Since 2005, Delhi police have registered 69 cases and arrested 101 accused.
According to ACP Special Crime Cell (Trademarks and Copyrights), Chennai KS Murali, 150 cases have been registered and over 30 people arrested. Kolkata police have registered 60 cases and arrested 100 people, DCP Enforcement, Shashikant Pujari said.
First Published: May 30, 2006 12:23 IST