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Rasagola war: HC serves notice to Odisha, West Bengal

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Cuttack: In ongoing war between Odisha and West Bengal over Rasagola, Orissa High Court today served notice to both the states on a PIL seeking scrapping GI tag to ‘Banglar Rasogolla’.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) here today, the court served notice to Odisha Chief Secretary and West Bengal State Council of Science & Technology. The notice was also served to Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and Chennai Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

The PIL was filed in Orissa High Court on February 5 by Susanta Sahu, Secretary of Punya Utkal Foundation and Santosh Kumar Sahoo, Editor of Odia Parba seeking GI tag for ‘Odishara Rasagola’ and scrapping GI tag received by West Bengal.

Sources said that Odisha government, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration, Chennai Intellectual Property Office (IPO), West Bengal State Council of Science & Technology were made parties in the PIL.

Earlier, the Geographical Indication (GI) Registry office on March 16 issued a show-cause notice to the West Bengal State Food Processing & Horticulture Development Corporation asking it why the GI tag given to ‘Banglar Rasogolla’ will not be withdrawn.

The notice was served following an application for rectification or removal was filed by the Regional Development Trust chairman Ramesh Chandra Sahoo a month ago at GI’s Chhenai office.

The Bhubaneswar-based Trust alleged that West Bengal had received the GI status for ‘Banglar Rasogolla’ from GI Registry office by furnishing false evidence and data.

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