Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

Baba Ramdev Has a Lot of Influence But… What Did the Supreme Court Say on the Patanjali Advertisement Issue?

New Delhi: The Patanjil misleading advertisement case was heard again today in the country’s highest court i.e. the Supreme Court. The court said during the hearing that Yoga Guru Ramdev has a lot of influence and he should use it properly. At the beginning of today’s hearing, senior advocate Balbir Singh told a bench of Justices Hima Kohli and A Amanullah that Patanjali has written to the TV channels where their advertisements are still running. Not only this, they have also stopped the sale of the controversial products. After this the court asked Patanjali to file an affidavit regarding the stock of these products. The court has also accepted the request of Ramdev and Balkrishna to exempt them from appearance in the court for the time being.

What you did for yoga is good but
The judges’ bench said that Baba Ramdev has a lot of influence, use it properly. When government lawyer Tushar Mehta told that Ramdev has done a lot of good work for yoga, Justice Hima Kohli said that what he has done for yoga is good, but the case of Patanjali’s product is different. The court reserved its verdict on the contempt case against Ramdev and Balkrishna. The next hearing of this case will be on July 9. The court also said that this case is about giving correct information to the public. The judges said, ‘People are intelligent, if they have a choice, they choose with the right information.’

Understand what the whole matter is

The case pertains to a petition filed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) against Patanjali and its founders. The petition alleges that Patanjali’s advertisements are misleading and claim that its medicines can cure diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. Last year, the Supreme Court, while hearing this case, had warned Patanjali. When the advertisements did not stop, the court issued a contempt notice and took strict action against Patanjali’s promoters. The court rejected several apologies presented by Patanjali, saying they were mere pretense. Under pressure, Patanjali published an apology in newspapers. But this was not acceptable to the court and it asked whether the size of the apology was as big as full page advertisements for their products? Subsequently, Ramdev and Balakrishna published apologies in newspapers in capital letters.

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