In a significant move, the Uttar Pradesh government has taken swift action by imposing an immediate ban on the sale of halal-certified products in the state. This decision, accompanied by prohibitions on the manufacturing, storage, and distribution of such products, follows a recent development where cases were registered against several companies and organizations for allegedly issuing “forged halal certificates” to boost their sales.
The Uttar Pradesh government’s decisive action came on the heels of cases registered by the state police against companies and organizations accused of issuing forged halal certificates. The complaint, lodged by Shailendra Kumar Sharma, prompted the government to take stringent measures against entities engaging in what is perceived as fraudulent practices. The companies and organizations named in the FIR, including Halal India Private Limited Chennai, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust Delhi, Halal Council of India Mumbai, and Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra, are facing charges under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code, such as criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity between different groups, uttering words with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings, extortion, cheating, forgery, and statements conducting to public mischief.
The government’s statement, issued in response to the FIR, alleges that these entities issued forged halal certificates for financial gains, fostering social animosity, and violating public trust. It further asserts that there is a potential large-scale conspiracy aimed at decreasing the sale of products lacking the halal certificate, suggesting an illegal advantage passed on to anti-social and anti-national elements. The statement raises concerns about individuals amassing disproportionate profits and allegedly channeling funds towards supporting terrorist organizations and anti-national endeavors.