GI registration for Tirupati laddus challenged in court

Special Correspondent

TTD counsel seeks time, Bench posts matter for November 2

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered notice to the Assistant Registrar of Geographical Indication, Geographical Indications Registry, here on a public interest litigation petition challenging the granting of geographical indication (GI) registration for Tirupati laddus.

The laddus are distributed as ‘prasadam’ by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD).

In his petition, J. Mohanraj of Mylapore stated that such a registration could not have been done in view of Section 9 (d) of the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act.

When the matter came up before the First Bench, comprising Chief Justice H.L. Gokhale and Justice D. Murugesan, counsel for the TTD said that perhaps a petition had been filed directly in the Supreme Court concerning the same issue. He wanted to take instructions on this behalf and sought time.

Later, the Bench ordered notice. Since TTD counsel had sought time, it posted the matter for November 2.