LUCKNOW: In a major crackdown against businesses misrepresenting their products as Halal certified, the Uttar Pradesh Police has registered cases against several entities for obtaining Halal certification through forged documents.
A Halal certificate ensures that a product adheres to Islamic dietary guidelines and is free from adulteration. However, these businesses employed fraudulent means to acquire such certifications, misleading consumers into believing their products were Halal compliant.
The police have initiated an investigation under sections 120 b/ 143A/298/384/420/467/468/471/505 of the Indian Penal Code against Halala Council of India Mumbai, Jamiat Ulema Maharashtra, and several unidentified companies.
The complaint was filed by Shailendra Sharma, a Lucknow resident from Hazratganj Kotwali. The bogus Halal certifications were being used to sell a wide range of products, including cosmetics, toothpastes, oils, and soaps.
The police have also implicated several associations in the case, including Jamiat Ulema Hind Halal Trust in Delhi, Halala Council of India, and Jamiat Ulema in Mumbai.
Further investigation is ongoing to uncover the full extent of the scam and bring the perpetrators to justice.