Kochi, Nov 16 (UNI) The Kerala high court today did not lift the stay imposed on a Central Government notification, banning the import of palm oil through Cochin Port, observing that a detailed hearing is needed on the issue.
Adjourning the case to Monday after an over hour-long hearing, Justice S Sirijagan orally observed that the government had so far been unable to justify its stand that the price of coconut oil will come down if palm oil is imported into the country.
Appearing for the Central Government, Addl. Solicitor General P Parameshwaran Nair pleaded for the court to lift the stay, imposed on October 26, on a notification by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), banning the import of palm oil into the country through Cochin Port.
The court had imposed the stay while hearing two separate petitions, challenging the DGFT notification. The central government had filed an application last week for the stay to be lifted.
Meanwhile, the court today allowed the impleadment applications on behalf of the Kerala Government, the Kerala Karshaka Congress and Coconut Farmers Corporation in the case.