Ramdev under fire again? SC warns Patanjali to ‘stop misleading advertisements…’


The Supreme Court of India reprimanded Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda products and strictly asked them to “stop misleading advertisements”. The apex court further said that they will impose “ 1 Crore Cost On Every Product Claiming False Cure”. 

The Supreme Court was listening to petitions filed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), when Justices Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Prashant Kumar Mishra issued a stern warning to the company co-founded by Baba Ramdev.

“All such false and misleading advertisements of Patanjali Ayurved have to stop immediately. The Court will take any such infraction very seriously, and the Court will also consider imposing costs to the extent of Rs. 1 crores on every product regarding which a false claim is made that it can “cure” a particular disease,” Livelaw quoted Justice Amanullah saying.

According to LiveLaw, he bench observed during the hearing that it did not wish to make the issue an “Allopathy v. Ayurveda” debate but wanted to find a real solution to the problem of misleading medical advertisements.

Stating that it is examining the issue seriously, the bench told Additional Solicitor General of India KM Nataraj that the Union Government will have to find a viable solution to tackle the problem. The Government was asked to come up with suitable recommendations after consultations. The matter will be considered next on February 5, 2024.

The IMA in its petition had also accused Patanjali of spreading false rumors about COVID-19 vaccines and contributing to vaccine hesitancy. Swami Ramdev’s alleged mockery and derision of citizens searching for oxygen cylinders during the second wave are also cited in the petition.

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Updated: 21 Nov 2023, 07:03 PM IST

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