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Aditya Birla Fashion faces contempt of court allegations over patent infringement


In its plea, Yashram Lifestyle has sought attachment of the assets of ABFRL along with detention of all its key personnel.

Yashram Lifestyle, a retailer focusing on products and services for women, has filed a contempt plea in Karnataka High Court against Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL) for "disobeying" the court's order regarding its patented products.
On September 25, the Karnataka HC had granted an absolute injunction restraining ABFRL from manufacturing or selling sanitary undergarments patented by Yashram Lifestyle Brands since 2009.
However, Yashram Lifestyle claims that ABFRL has been "wilfully disobeying" the absolute injunction and alleges that the company has continued to manufacture, market and sell the infringing products on its e-commerce website and on various other channels.
In its plea, Yashram Lifestyle has sought attachment of the assets of ABFRL along with "detention of all the personnel who are involved in the day-to-day affairs of the company in civil prison for willful disobedience and breach of the order".
Deepa Kumar, managing director of Yashram Lifestyle Brands, said, “It's been disappointing to witness such blatant disregard for the law. I have to fight for my statutory right granted by the Indian government. It’s not an easy battle, but it must be fought. It is unfortunate that I had no choice but to initiate contempt action against a business house that I have always admired.”
A spokesperson for ABFRL told CNBC-TV in a statement, "We are filing an appeal in the court shortly. However, in the meanwhile we have instructed our business to follow the court order."
The hearing is scheduled for October 29, according to Yashram Lifestyle.