SC: Vicco products are ayurvedic medicines, not cosmetics
December, 03rd 2007
The Supreme Court held last week that Vicco Laboratories' products Vajradanti (toothpaste) and Vicco Turmeric (skin cream) are not cosmetics but Ayurvedic medical preparations and therefore not liable to pay excise duty.
The excise department had challenged the Bombay High Court order that restrained it from recovering dues, and had argued that Vicco's products were cosmetic and not Ayurvedic.
It had also demanded Rs 9.09 crore as excise duty on the two products, contending that these products were being marketed as cosmetics and so cannot avail of the benefit of Modvat credit. The Supreme Court rejected all these contentions, stating that these issues have already been decided earlier.