Misleading advertisements case: Issued public apologies across 67 newspapers, Patanjali tells SC

New Delhi, Apr 23 (IANS): Patanjali Ayurved on Tuesday apprised the Supreme Court that it has issued public apologies for publishing misleading advertisements.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, representing Patanjali, submitted before a bench presided over by Justice Hima Kohli that the company has published apologies across 67 daily newspapers.

At this, the Bench, also comprising Justice Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah, questioned Patanjali’s counsel if the printed apologies are of the same size as the advertisements.

Rohtagi explained that publishing at such a size would cost tens of lakhs.

Asking Patanjali to place on record the printed apologies by April 30, the next date of listing, the apex court directed to add the Union Ministries of Consumer Affairs and Information and Broadcasting and drug licensing authority of all the states as parties to the matter.

In an earlier hearing, Baba Ramdev and Patanjali Ayurved Ltd Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna orally tendered their “unqualified and unconditional apology” before the Supreme Court.

With folded hands, Baba Ramdev had said that he should have not made such public statements and would be more careful in future. “Aesa humse utsah me ho gaya, aage se hum nahi karenge (We did this out of impulse, we won't do it again),” he had said.

On similar lines, Acharya Balkrishna had submitted, “Yeh galti agyanta mein hui hain. Aage se bahut dhyan rakhenge. Us galti par hum kshama prarthana karte hein (This mistake happened unknowingly. We will be very careful in future. We apologise for our mistakes).”

The Indian Medical Association has sought action against Patanjali for violation of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 -- which prohibits the advertisement of certain products for the treatment of specified diseases and disorders, including diabetes, heart diseases, high or low blood pressure and obesity.

The ayurvedic company had earlier made an undertaking before the top court saying that it would not make any casual statements claiming the medicinal efficacy of its products or advertise or brand them in violation of law and would not release any statement against any system of medicine to the media in any form.





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  • Sanju, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Naam bade darshan chote

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    All Modi's friends are cheaters and criminals.

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  • flavian, chik

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Ramdev should partner with adani ..

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Is it too difficult to shut down this company? Or allow them to continue?Which is better for the public? Why this apologies like school kids?

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Products of Banana republic under modi!

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  • alfria, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Lala has looted and cheated the middle class and working class people with their false promises and promotions, both lala and bala should be in jail

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    These chaps, in their unending hunger for gimme more, have brought a bad name to this country's herbal products by indulging in unnecessary controversies since long; even their sacrosanct honey was found to be adulterated with sugar syrup; added to this two more desi masala cos were caught off guard with contamination of their very prominent export quality masala powders; these incidents are bound to have a cascading effect on other export products... sorry state of affairs!

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Why is supreme court behind a small fish for a long time i cannot understand while big fish and sharks are infesting our country's water

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Research how they gobbled the giant Richie Soy for almost no cost....??

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  • Shailesh kushalappa, Chickmagalur

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Who is that lady in white dress standing next to babaji? Anyone can give brief intro??

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  • Prem, moodbidri

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Its ok to apologize now... anyway, 5000 crores profit is already in account plus millions worth asset !

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Whatever the questions SC asking today, were the questions asked by nation waybefore. But, none heard or no one from Modi led BJP govt wanted to answer either. It seems they wanted to mint money from fooling people. With this illegitimate money, frauds are building so much assets overseas, bhakths may go numb and paralzyed, if they realize. But, aandh bhakthi bhi koi cheeze hoti hai.

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  • suhail, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Indian Medical Association, has promoted so many fake medicines vaccines and food products , they don't have to apology coz all the MNC are owned by Indian tycoons who are relatives or married to Politicians who control Indian law

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  • Malinga, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    With chances of BJP forming the next government diminishing, Patanjali might come with a full page apology in news papers!!

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  • nitin shetty, bangalore, udupi

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    With all this no body dares to prevent Baba Ramdev to stop his advertisements on TV. Even now it is being advertised. He has Modi by his side is the fact for his rareness. SC should dig on the acres and acres of Govt land properties given to him by Modi & his Govt. Throw some light on this too. WE remembers Harshavardhan & Nitin Gadkari on stage with Ramdev for Coronil. Welcome to India, here you can sell anything in the name of religion, from democracy to medicines, health and life of the people.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    This baba'd better down the shutter of his shop until Justice Kohli retires.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    As if Baba cares for Kohli......I would suggest Baba Conduct 'Yoga Classes' in her Court....to impress her....Tak...Takk...

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  • RANGA, mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    ..this case is just run by egos.. this advertisement case going on for month just giving fodder to media thats all..SC keep on calling, adjourning cases. Patanjali keep on giving apology, court keep on rejecting, now asking about size of advertisement!..this case just waste of public money , when lakhs of cases pending in SC and this black & white case keep on dragging just because of ego or teach a lesson to Patanjali...its fit case for President intervention..court cant act like jealous neighbor..SC never asked IMA about misleading advt & appeaance of doctors in ads from Horlicks, complan to baby food which now proved as bad for health..

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    no wonder the gobar public of third world country follows such dongi babas....if he belonged to minority by this time NIA would have been sent to arrest him...only solution secular govt based on constitution and not emotional blackmailing

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