New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued a ruling mandating the destruction of aravana stockpiles in Sabarimala due to the detection of pesticide residues in the cardamom used in its preparation. In response to this concern, the Supreme Court has directed both the government and the Devaswom Board to undertake appropriate actions.
The Supreme Court has ordered the destruction of over 6 lakh tins of aravana, which have been stockpiled at Sabarimala since January. This decision stems from the discovery of pesticide contamination in the cardamom used in the aravana’s production. The Supreme Court has also granted the government and the Devaswom Board the authority to determine the method and location for the disposal of the aravana.
The Supreme Court voiced strong criticism of the Kerala High Court’s decision to halt the sale of aravana following complaints about pesticide contamination. The Kerala High Court’s ban on aravana sales was triggered by reports of pesticide presence in the cardamom. However, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India conducted tests and confirmed the aravana’s edibility. The Devaswom Board also informed the court that selling aravana to devotees several months after production would not be feasible. Consequently, the Supreme Court has instructed the destruction of the accumulated aravanas in light of these circumstances.