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Poppy seed imports resume after Court lifts ban
Mar 13, 2018

Imports of poppy seeds from Turkey, which were banned for about a year by court orders, will be resumed soon following lifting of the stay imposed earlier.
According to sources at the Central Bureau of Narcotics (CBN), Gwalior, the Bangalore High Court vide its order dated February 9, 2018 has dismissed all writ petitions relating to import of poppy seeds.
Consequently, the Department of Revenue has now decided to register sales contract in accordance with its Guidelines of November 2016.
As in most cases, the validity of sales contract submitted by applicants in response to CBN Public Notice dated December 5, 2016 has since been expired, the Ministry has issued directions to allow submission of extension of the existing sales contracts.
The CBN, under the Ministry of Finance, has advised 471 applicants in the priority list for importing poppy seeds from Turkey through its Public Notice dated February 26, 2018 to submit extension letter of their existing sales contract latest by March 28, 2018.

The Hindu Business Line