Central Silk Board, which is run by The Karnataka state government, has appealed to the Director General of the Anti-Dumping Cell in New Delhi to introduce a duty on excessively cheap Chinese silk fabric.

According to a Silk Board official cited in press reports, India looks to be on line to secure the probe.

K Sukumar Menon, joint director of the Central Silk Board, said: "An initial notification issued by the Director General, Anti-Dumping, has said that there is evidence of dumping of Chinese silk fabrics into India", The Hindu reported.

"But this has to be substantiated with documents. This is expected to take time".

Menon said that India was importing Chinese silk at prices ranging from US$1 to $1.4 per square metre, compared to India's prices of between $2.25 and $2.75 per sq m.

He added that about 36 Chinese exporters had already rebuffed allegations by Indian authorities that they were dumping silk onto the market.

India is currently the world's biggest silk consumer and the second-biggest manufacturer after China.