KOCHI, India: Bans on the sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi in the southern Indian state of Kerala were lifted today (Friday) after a local court lifted the restrictions imposed by the state's communist administration.

The court overturned arguments by state lawyers that the ban, established in August, had been imposed for the protection of local consumers after product tests carried out by the New Delhi-based Center for Science and Environment allegedly revealed dangerously high levels of pesticides.

"We are gratified that High Court of Kerala has set aside the illegal orders of the Government of Kerala," read a statement from Coca-Cola. "We will immediately take necessary steps to make Coca-Cola available across the state of Kerala."

However, total or partial bans on Coke and Pepsi remain in place in six other Indian states.

Data sourced from Reuters; additional content by WARC staff