Chennai/Bhubaneswar:31/10/19: The sweet-bitter war over the origin of famed sweetmeat rasagola is far from over as Geographical Indication (GI) Registry of India today asked the Odisha-based activist to submit documents once again, who had challenged the GI tag being given to the Banglar Rosogolla.
The Registry in its hearing today held the case ‘abandoned’ as the members who had filed the documents on behalf of Odisha had submitted the documents late.
The West Bengal counterpart argued that Bhubaneswar-based Regional Development Trust (RDT) submitted the documents a week after its stipulated time and should not be accepted. The members of RDT produced the courier receipts in favour of their argument that they had mailed it long before. But, it reached the Registry late.
In view of this, the Chennai-based Registry directed Odisha to file documents once again within one month.
“Lawyers are representing West Bengal government whereas the Odisha government hasn’t provided any lawyer in this case. We are an NGO. We haven’t got any financial assistance from neither government nor any corporate to fight the rasagola case. Had our state government contested it, the outcome could have been different. Anyway, our members will meet on Sunday to chalk out further course of action,” said vice-chairmen of the Trust Santosh Kumar Sahu