The Supreme Court on Tuesday (21 November) has reprimanded Baba Ramdev's company Patanjali Ayurveda. This rebuke has been issued for publishing misleading claims and advertisements against the modern medicine system. Indian Medical Association had filed a petition against the misleading advertisements.
The bench of Justices Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Prashant Kumar Mishra heard the case. Justice Amanullah said- Patanjali Ayurveda will have to immediately stop all advertisements containing false and misleading claims. The court will take any such violation very seriously and can impose a fine of up to Rs 1 crore for each false claim of a product.
After this, the court directed that Patanjali Ayurveda will not publish any such advertisement in future and will also ensure that such casual statements are not made by it in the press. The bench also said that it does not want to turn the issue into a debate of 'Allopathy vs Ayurveda' but wants to find a real solution to the problem of misleading medical advertisements.
The bench told Additional Solicitor General of India KM Nataraj that the central government will have to find a practical solution to deal with the problem. The court has asked the government to come to the court after consultation. The next hearing on this matter will be on 5 February 2024.
Last year too, while issuing notice on the petition of the Indian Medical Association, the court had reprimanded Baba Ramdev for giving statements against modern medical systems like allopathy.
The then Chief Justice of India NV Ramanna had then said 'Baba Ramdev can popularize his medical system, but why should he criticize other systems. We all respect him, he popularized yoga but he should not criticize other systems.