Sale of toxic vegetables draws Delhi High Court ire

Ayesha Arvind   New Delhi, November 10, 2013

When NGO Consumer Voice revealed in 2010 that vegetables and fruits that Delhiites eat everyday are extremely toxic, with chemical content that could cause serious health problems, the Delhi High Court of its own told the state government to check the situation.

The government literally watered down the report, telling the court that the food was perfectly safe and that the NGO’s figures were hugely exaggerated.

Now, in a stinging and embarrassing no-trust vote against the Delhi government, the Delhi High Court has told the government to conduct toxicity tests over again. Not just that, it has also asked a court-appointed expert committee as well as an amicus curiae (assistant to the court) for a much larger sample to be tested and also a checklist of preventive measures.