Last week, the Bombay high court directed Mumbai Customs authorities to consider allowing pending consignments of onion –some 108 containers which were brought to customs before the government suddenly banned onion exports on September 14-- to still be exported. The bench was hearing a petition filed by Horticulture Produce Exporters Association challenging the abrupt ban imposed by the central government on export of onions.
The bench of justices Ujjal Bhuyan and Abhay Ahuja stated: “It will be in the interest of justice to consider the case of the petitioners, because their consignments were with the Customs authorities before issuance of the notification (imposing band on onion export).”
In the petition, filed through advocate Sujay Kantawala, the association contended that the Ease of Doing Business promise of the federal government clearly stopped the authorities from arbitrarily interfering with the freedom to export freely exportable goods.
According to an article on hindustantimes.com, the bench directed the authorities to consider the case of the petitioners at the earliest, as the goods are perishable, and posted the petition for further hearing on September 29.