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Case Name : Radha Tea Merchant Vs Senior Joint Commissioner (Calcutta High Court)
Appeal Number : WPA No. 731 of 2023
Date of Judgement/Order : 15/06/2023
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Radha Tea Merchant Vs Senior Joint Commissioner (Calcutta High Court)

Introduction: In a recent ruling, the Calcutta High Court ordered the release of three tea consignments belonging to Radha Tea Merchant. The consignments had been detained due to a smuggling case involving poppy seeds. The court concluded that there was no evidence connecting the supplier of tea to the smuggled goods, thus directing the release of the consignments.

Analysis: In the case of Radha Tea Merchant Vs Senior Joint Commissioner, the petitioner sought the release of three tea consignments detained by the respondent authorities. During the investigation, it was discovered that poppy seeds, under the guise of Ramdana seeds, had been smuggled in the same vehicle that was transporting the tea consignments.

However, the court observed that there was no involvement of the tea supplier with the smuggled poppy seeds. Importantly, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence indicated that they had no objection to the release of the tea consignment, given that the tea is perishable.

Conclusion: This judgement reaffirms the principle of fairness and the importance of evidence-based rulings. Despite the illegal smuggling of poppy seeds on the same vehicle, the court recognized the distinct nature of the tea consignment and the absence of evidence linking it to the smuggling operation. Hence, the Calcutta High Court ruling in the Radha Tea Merchant Vs Senior Joint Commissioner case sets a precedent that investigations need to clearly establish involvement before implicating a party in illicit activities.

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