Supreme Court issues contempt notice to Baba Ramdev's Patanjali; bans its medicine ads

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Top court has orally observed that, "the entire country is being taken for a ride" and the government is "sitting with its eyes closed"


The Supreme Court today has imposed a ban of advertisements of medicines Ramdev Baba's Patanjali noting that it has been taking the country for a ride by making misleading claims.

Court has issued a show-cause notice to Patanjali Ayurveda and its managing director Balakrishna for going back on their word to not make misleading claims in advertisements for its medicines.

A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Ahsanuddin Amanullah has further recorded that the medicines claim to cure certain diseases without any empirical evidence for the same.

The Central government has also been questioned by the court for not tackling these misleading advertisements despite the present petition having been filed way back in 2022.

Indian Medical Association (IMA) had filed the instant plea alleging a smear campaign by Ramdev Baba and his company against the COVID-19 vaccination and modern medicine.

Court had in November last year also directed Patanjali not to publish false advertisements in the future.

Patanjali had then undertaken not to publish advertisements making false claims about its products and targeting modern medicines and vaccinations, but it continued to do so, the court was told today.

Case Title: Indian Medical Association & Anr vs Union of India and Ors