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Coke: Bench shopping judgment

JK is happy with the recent High court ruling that allows Coke to resume production at its Perumatty plant in Kerala even if it does not get a license. There is always the “other side” to the story. Unfortunately, commie bashing has become such a fashion that we offer our prejudiced view even before we appreciate the repercussions. Now here is a story that presents the “other side” of the coin (Disclaimer: I am just a regular subscriber to this site?s press releases).

To me this is another shameless instance of MNCs openly arm-twisting local interests using the crutches of law. Imagine someone digging a bore well in your backyard, dumping the waste in your area, draining your own water resources and then selling you their bottled products to you. People have been crying foul on these biggies polluting the groundwater resources and soil since years. When V.R. Krishna Iyer, a former Supreme Court judge accuses Coke of 'bench shopping' a favorable judgment, it is not as simple as it seems.

By Debashish Chakrabarty

Debashish Chakrabarty, a Software Consultant based at Pune, has been on the Internet since the “geocities” days but opened his Blogger account in October 2002. Apart from this blog he also maintains a Hindi blog NuktaChini.

4 replies on “Coke: Bench shopping judgment”

Debashish,
I’m a first time visitor to your blog.

“There is always the “other side” to the story. Unfortunately, commie bashing has become such a fashion that we offer our prejudiced view even before we appreciate the repercussions”

Absolutely true! Its an attitude of “you’re with us or against us” and anything and everything the commies say is bull****. Its an almost impregnable wall of capitalist prejudice.

Debashish,

The “expert committee” found no evidence to shutdown the plant. But it turns out that the “expert commitee” had a member from Coke and no one from the Panchayat.

The anti-expert commitee statements started coming out when the judgement was in favour of Coke. This makes me wonder, how come these anti-Coke guys did not make any noise about the constituition of the commitee or the basis of its reports till now.

I am just trying to provide the other side of the story as well, which does not seem to get much coverage in the media. A company should not be shutdown because a bunch of people “think” it causes harm.

Well JK, I may have judged your mood wrong but the emphasis was getting the other side of the story heard.

>> if proper evidence is found that this plant
>> causes harm, it should be shutdown”

Wasn’t the court that set Coke scotfree supposed to do that?

I am not happy or sad about it. In fact in my commentary I had written, “if proper evidence is found that this plant causes harm, it should be shutdown”. please read it again.

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