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Supreme court warns Ramdev and Patanjali for misleading ads

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The Supreme Court rebuked yoga guru Ramdev and Patanjali Ayurved for disregarding directives on misleading advertisements for their medicinal products. Despite offering an apology, the court deemed it insincere, stating that Patanjali owed an apology to the nation for its misleading claims.

During the contempt proceedings, the court criticized the government for overlooking Patanjali’s public assertions that allopathy had no remedies for Covid-19. It granted a final opportunity for Ramdev and Patanjali’s managing director to submit fresh affidavits within a week, cautioning them about potential perjury charges.

Swami Ramdev Ji - Patanjali Yog Peeth (TRUST)

Previously, the court had chastised Patanjali for failing to respond to notices regarding contempt proceedings, highlighting their violation of assurances given to the court. The bench had also directed Patanjali to halt all advertisements claiming to treat ailments specified in the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.

During a plea by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) against Ramdev’s criticism of modern medicine, the court expressed dismay at Patanjali’s conduct. Following the court’s admonition, Patanjali issued an affidavit expressing regret, stating its intention to promote healthier lifestyles without making unsubstantiated claims.

In November 2023, the Supreme Court had instructed Patanjali to refrain from making misleading claims against modern medicine. Despite assurances, the company continued its misleading advertisements, prompting the court’s intervention.

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