Chargesheet against Bt firm in biopiracy case

COIMBATORE: A chargesheet has been filed against Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco), a subsidiary of Monsanto, the US agri business firm, for violating the bio-piracy laws in developing Bt Brinjal variety by using genes of local brinjal varieties without prior permission, according to Balakrishna Pasupati, chairman of National Biodiversity Authority.

Pasupathi spoke to TOI on the sidelines of a workshop on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB) in the city. “We were convinced that there could have been a possible misappropriation of Indian biological varieties,” he said refusing to divulge more details. The chargesheet was submitted at the Dharwad principal sessions court against Mahyco and the University of Agricultural Sciences at Dharwad, he said.


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