Opinion | A legal case that highlights an entire legacy of bad laws
The needless criminalization of ordinary rule violations has clogged courts and thus denied others justice
Last week, Supreme Court justices Ramana, Kant and Murari finally gave Prem Chand long-due relief, acquitting the shopkeeper from Haryana 38 years after he was accused of a crime. The crime? On 18 August 1982, the state food inspector, upon testing, allegedly found four living meal worms and two live weevils in a sample of haldi (turmeric) powder taken from Prem Chand’s shop. He was charged under the Food Adulteration Act, 1954, for selling adulterated haldi and for selling without a licence, both of which carry prison sentence and fines.