KVIC warns Fabindia to stop us­ing the word ‘Khadi’

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The Khadi and Vil­lage In­dus­tries Com­mis­sion (KVIC) said eth­nic at­tire re­tailer Fabindia has agreed that it won’t use the word ‘Khadi’ in its items. KVIC an in­de­pen­dent body un­der (MSME), had sued Fabindia for Rs 525 crore in the high court on June 13th. KVIC, how­ever, will pur­sue its ap­pli­ca­tion for Rs 525 crore in dam­ages against the New Delhi-head­quar­tered re­tailer for al­legedly us­ing its trade­mark ‘Charkha’ and sell­ing mill-made fab­ric prod­ucts with the ‘Khadi’ tag with­out prior approval.

The is­sue started when KVIC and Fabindia dis­agreed over the use of brand name ‘Khadi’ Fabindia was in dis­cus­sion with KVIC to get the au­tho­ri­sa­tion to uti­lize the ‘Khadi’ mark name yet KVIC said talks be­tween the two had fallen through be­cause Fabindia was not meet­ing pro­ce­dural stan­dards. KVIC has per­mit­ted Arvind Mills and Ray­mond to uti­lize the “Khadi” mark name.

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