India News | Tobacco Company Alleges Copyright Infringement

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A tobacco company, Gaay Chhap has accused Mohanlal Chemalram Chaudhury, a resident of More vasti area of Chikhali of selling misbranded incensed tobacco.

Copyright infringement case was filed in a local court against the local shop owner after an employee of Gaay Chhap company discovered that the accused was replacing the product in the bite-sized packets and selling it to consumers.

The complaint under Section 420 (punishment for cheating) of Indian Penal Code and Sections 6, 34 of Copyright Act, 1957 was registered by Ramesh Ramnarayan Swamini who is the branch manager of the company at Chakan police station against Chaudhury.

According to the police, Swamini discovered 240 packs packaged in bundles of 40 packets each and each packet priced at ₹9 each with a sum total of around ₹3,120.

The suit argues that the accused used the changed graphic warning that the company had introduced on April 1, 2017.

The police sub-inspector, Vikrant Pasalkar of Chakan police station stated that investigation is ongoing although he pointed that there are more accused in same case.

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