KVIC plans to move court against Fabindia for khadi
NEW DELHI, Feb20: The battle for khadi’ is set to intensify with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) considering legal action against Fabindia after getting the garment and home products firm to withdraw goods that were allegedly violating the trademark.
Sources said KVIC was looking to move court alleging violation of the Khadi Mark regulations, trademark violation, unfair trade practice and cheating, as it was selling products which did not conform with the prescribed norms.When contacted, KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena confirmed that the government agency was in talks with legal experts.
“We have already sought legal advice. We will decide on the future course of action,” Saxena told TOI.
When contacted, a Fabindia spokesperson said, “Fabindia has operated within the stipulated guidelines and has had aseries of meetings with KVIC for Khadi Mark registration since August 2015. Fabindia has responded to KVIC’s notice in its letter dated 10th February 2017, seeking a meeting for which a response is awaited.”
The move comes days after KVIC served a legal notice prompting Fabindia CEO Viney Singh to restart negotiations.
Earlier this month, KVIC sent a legal notice to Fabindia which alleged that the company was found flouting norms and using the word `khadi’ on price tags of its garments tha otherwise sported the word “Fabindia Cotton” on its la bels. KVIC alleged by doing s Fabindia was misleading con sumers and it was unlawful, re sulting in withdrawal of th products from stores.