The soft drink giants, Coke and Pepsi have challenged on Friday the ban that has been imposed by the state government on aerated drinks , in separate petitions before the Kerala High Court.
It has been reported that a number of states had imposed a limited restriction on the sales of theses drinks following a report by an independent agency in New Delhi, The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which had reported that their tests had showed a very high quantities of pesticides in samples of 12 brands of soft drinks.
Admitting the petitions, the court posted the matter for hearing Monday.
The Kerala cabinet Aug 9 decided to ban the manufacture and sales of the soft drinks in the state. The decision came into effect the next day.
In their petitions, the cola giants have pointed out that their products were safe and no scientific studies had shown any harmful contents.
The petitions stated that their products were being sold in other parts of the country, apart from several other countries. They also claimed that the state government had no right to ban these products.
Both Pepsi and Coke have bottling plants in Palakkad district.