PAMPORE: Two saffron traders from the spice’s hometown were handed two-year- imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5000 by a local court on Wednesday for adulteration.
The adulteration case had been registered in 2010 against the duo under section 16 of PFA act.
Judicial Magistrate, Pampore, Ms Fozia Paul, while reading the sentence forGhulam Hassan Dar and Shabir Ahmad Dar both residents of Befina Pampore, stated that the accused were mature persons who knew the implications of misbranding of spices, “particularly those spices for which their home town Pampore is famous for”.
The defence counsel had earlier pleaded for benefit under section 562 of Cr.P.C and had requested for their release on probation.
However, the magistrate stated that misbranding of food stuff was a rampant evil.
“Ignorance of law can’t be accepted. As such the benefit under section 562 of Cr.P.C can’t be given to accused. For the above reason, I’m disinclined to exercise the power of section 562 of Cr.P.C and refuse to exercise my discretion to release the accused on probation,” the court said.
The two have been sent to Central Jail Srinagar.
In 2010, Police Station Pampore received a complaint about two persons indulging in adulteration of saffron at their houses.
Police raided the house and found sacs full of fibre that were used as an adulterant.