PIL against Tirupathi Laddu GI not maintainable: Madras HC
Madras High Court handed Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam their first triumph by declaring the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the Tirupati Laddu GI as non maintainable. The chief reason as spelled out by the Court was that since alternate remedies such as filing for Rectification/Removal of a registered GI from the GI register (section 65 of The GI Act, 1999) have not been exhausted it is premature to proceed with the PIL at this stage.
The PIL revolved around the question of – whether a religious offering (Tirupathi Laddu) should be awarded GI status as this may harm the religious harmony of the country and will tarnish the secular image of India?
The Tirupathi Laddu controversy was analyzed in detail in the enlightening post of Prof. Madabhushi Sridhar and the rejection of this PIL will add fuel to the fire.