New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday revived the government's case in the NCDRC (National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission) against Nestle India seeking damages of Rs 640 crore for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements.

A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said the report of CFTRI (Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru), where the testing of the samples of Maggi was done, will form the basis for the proceedings.

The top court had earlier stayed the proceedings before the NCDRC after Nestle had challenged it.

The Consumer Affairs Ministry had in 2015 filed a complaint against Nestle India before the NCDRC using a provision in the nearly three-decade-old Consumer Protection Act.

In the same year, food safety regulator FSSAI had banned Maggi noodles after it found excess level of lead in samples, terming it as "unsafe and hazardous" for human consumption.

A brief summary

  • SC: NCDRC to continue probe based on 2016 Central Food Technology Research Institute (CFTRI) report from Mysore lab
  • SC: NCDRC to continue probe against Nestlé based on 2016 report
  • SC: No fresh samples, probe to be based on old report
  • SC: Inappropriate to exercise jurisdiction on issues pending before NCDRC
  • FSSAI submit: Contents aren't dangerous, but there's no added MSG label
  • SC disallows any fresh sampling as sought by FSSAI
  • 2016: NCDRC stayed Centre's class action suit against Maggi noodles