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Is ‘Nimbooz’ A Lemonade Or A Fruit Juice? Supreme Court To Decide

Lawstreet Journal 27 Mar 2022 12:53am

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In recent years, the Indian judiciary has been interested in a variety of strange themes. In the most recent case, a Supreme Court court agreed to investigate whether 'Nimbooz' is lemonade or a fruit pulp/juice-based beverage. The exact amount of excise duty to be imposed on the drink will be established once the Supreme Court determines on its constitutionality. Since March 2015, the case has been ongoing.

A company called Aradhana Foods brought the issue before the bench chaired by Justice MR Shah and Justice BV Nagarathna, arguing that the drink should be categorised as lemonade rather than the current status of fruit pulp or fruit juice-based drink. The action was effectively filed to determine the amount of excise duty, which would be decided by the drink's categorization.

Nimbooz was previously categorised as a fruit juice-based beverage by Justice Dilip Gupta and P Venkata Subba Rao. Like a result, from February 2009 until December 2013, the drink was subject to tariff Item 2022 90 20 of the Central Excise Tariff, and it was required to pay duty as lemonade.

“The product ‘Minute Maid Nimbu Fresh’ (hereinafter referred to as MMNF) manufactured by Brindavan Beverages Private Limited, and 7UP Nimbooz Masala Soda’ or 7UPNimbooz’ manufactured by PepsiCo India Holdings Private Limited are classifiable under Tariff Item 2022 90 20 of the Central Excise Tariff Schedule under the category of fruit pulp or fruit juice-based drinks,” Justice Dilip Gupta and P Venkata Subba Rao had said in their statement earlier while… Continue Reading...


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