Patanjali Row| Ex-judges miffed with Justice Amanullah's 'rip you apart ' comment

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The former judges have said that there are set standards of sobriety and restraint which have served as a platform for dispassionate debate revolving around legality, constitutionality and rule of law


Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah's recent comment "we will rip you apart", directed at the Uttarakhand authority for its approach in dealing with the misleading advertisements issued by Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurveda has riled up many former judges of India.

"We will rip you apart" verged on a street brawl threat and could never be part of the obiter dicta lexicon of a constitutional court judge, the former judges have said.

Accordingly, it has been suggested that Justice Amanullah should go through two Supreme Court judgments, namely, Krishna Swamy vs Union of India (1992) and C Ravichandran Iyer vs Justice A M Bhattacherjee (1995), to acquaint himself with desired judicial demeanour.

The Supreme Court judge's remark has also fetched him a lot of critique online owing to the harsh and angry tenor.

Justice Amanullah made certain remarks on April 10, 2024 while hearing the Patanjali case of misleading advertisements being posted since 2018. The court had pulled up the Uttarakhand state authorities for not acting over the misleading advertisements. 

Court had further observed that Patanjali was being callous with the public at large.

Supreme Court in February had directed Baba Ramdev and Patanjali's Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna to personally appear before it.

This controversy emanates from Patanjali being specifically directed by the supreme court not to publish false advertisements in the future. Patanjali had thus undertaken not to publish advertisements making false claims about its products and targeting modern medicines and vaccinations, but it continued to do so.