Uttar Pradesh is a northern state in India with a diverse population. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is adamant on banning the illicit supply of ‘halal’ certifications to consumable items. Allegedly, without consulting the respective authorities, companies have issued certifications.
A UP senior home official stated that the CM had recognized the issuance of these certificates as a malicious attempt to sow discord between the two communities i.e., Hindus and Muslims. However, the same certifications also harm the religious sentiments of other communities residing in the region. Thus, CM Adityanath has decided to ban such practices in the state.
Allegedly, the money earned by forging these certificates is funding anti-national activities.
The case of illicit halal certificates came to light when a First Information Report (FIR) was filed against a company for exploiting religious beliefs. They were also accused of boosting sales by selling products marked with forged ‘halal’ certifications.
The FIR names companies such as Halal India Private Ltd. Chennai, Jamait Ulama-I-Hind Halal Trust Delhi, Hala Council of India Mumbai, and Jamait Ulama Maharashtra. These companies made use of a community’s religious sentiments for business profit and ran an illegal business. Thus, they do not have the right to issue such certifications.
The companies prepared forged documents and sold them to others for financial gain. This practice gathered the public's wrath and violated their trust in legal certifications.
The FIR complainant is a resident of Lucknow. They stated that the large-scale forged halal certificates were part of a larger conspiracy. By using halal certifications, sales from companies not using them decrease by a large margin. It is an illegal business practice and targets a specific community. Companies used forged certifications for medicines, medical devices, and cosmetics. As per the state laws of Uttar Pradesh, it is illegal to brand these items as halal.
Halal certifications are necessary to inform the public that the item is produced as per Islamic laws and is unadulterated. Any item containing animals or their byproducts, which are prohibited by law, is no longer considered halal.
Dairy goods, baked goods, savoury items, edible oils, etc., are eligible for halal certifications.
One of the accused companies mentioned in the FIR, Jamait Ulama-I-Hind Halal Trust, responded to the allegations, stating that the allegations were baseless and they would take the necessary measures to counter them.
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