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Supreme Court issues interim order to stop import of Indian vegetables

The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an interim order instructing the government to not implement the decision to stop testing Indian fruits and vegetables for pesticides.

A bench of Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai issued the interim order hearing three writ petitions filed against the government’s decision to not test Indian vegetables and fruits for pesticides.

The SC has also called all sides of those three petitions for hearing on Monday and will decide whether to give continuity to the interim order or not after hearing arguments of all the sides.

The government had made testing of Indian fruits and vegetables for pesticides mandatory from the third week of June publishing a notice in the Nepal Gazette.

India had taken exception to testing of Indian fruits and vegetables for pesticides at the border. Writing to top government officials, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu had expressed concern at the checking. The testing has been stopped for now citing lack of adequate preparations after that.

Advocates Swagat Nepal and Narayan Prasad Duwadi on behalf of Independent National Campaign had filed the writ petition on Tuesday arguing that the government cannot take a decision in a way that people are forced to consume vegetables and fruits with pesticides merely because the state cannot test them for now.


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