Fabindia to Give Up Khadi Tag in its Prod­ucts

Apparel - - Market Watch -

Eth­nic cloth­ing re­tailer Fabindia has as­sured the Bom­bay High Court that it will not use the term ‘khadi’ in its cur­rent or fu­ture prod­ucts. The com­pany will also file its re­sponse to a pe­ti­tion filed by the Khadi and Vil­lage In­dus­tries Com­mis­sion (KVIC) in four weeks. KVIC had moved the Bom­bay High Court in June against Fabindia al­leg­ing that it was il­le­gally us­ing its trade­mark ‘charkha’ and sell­ing ap­parel with the ‘khadi’ tag. The com­mis­sion, in its suit, has sought dam­ages to the tune of R525 crores from the re­tailer.

In ear­lier hear­ings, the lawyers ap­pear­ing for the KVIC had ac­cused Fabindia of sell­ing gar­ments in the name and style of ‘khadi’, de­spite sev­eral cor­re­spon­dences sent to them by the author­i­ties and also a le­gal no­tice is­sued to them in Fe­bru­ary this year. Ac­cord­ing to the Khadi Mark Reg­u­la­tions, 2003, and Khadi & Vil­lage In­dus­tries Com­mis­sion Act, 1956, no in­di­vid­ual or in­sti­tu­tion can sell tex­tiles cer­ti­fied as khadi prod­ucts with­out it bear­ing the ‘Khadi Mark tag or la­bel’ is­sued by KVIC.

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