The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution has filed a complaint under section 12(1)(d) of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 in the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) against Nestle India.
Complain has been filed on behalf of the large number of consumers of Maggi in the country on grounds of unfair trade practices, sale of defective goods and sale of Maggi Oats Noodles to the public without product approval.
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As announced by Government, the complainant against nestle India has sought a sum of INR 284, 55,00,000 (Rupees two hundred and eighty-four crores and fifty five lakhs) that the Opponent Company is liable to pay and a sum of Rs. 355,40,70,000 (Rupees three hundred and fifty five crores forty lakhs and seventy thousand only) as punitive damages on account of the gross negligence, apathy and callousness on the part of the Opponent Company.
Thus, the total claim is for a Sum of INR 639,95,70,000/- (Rupees six hundred and thirty nine crores and ninety five lakhs and seventy thousand ).
This decision has come weeks after Nestle had to withdraw its instant noodles brand Maggi from the market over allegations of high lead content and presence of MSG (monosodium glutamate).