SC widens its ambit on Patanajali misleading ads, blames IMA, others on misguiding public

New Delhi, Apr 23 (UNI) Supreme Court on Tuesday took note that Patanjali’s Founder Baba Ramdev has issued public apology in 67 Newspapers after its last order.

A bench comprising Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah asked Ramdev to file a proper affidavit in this regard.

The apex court remarked on the tiny size advertisement of apology published by Ramdev and said, ‘your apology should also have been as your advertisements.”

The bench said ‘you are more concerned about the revenue than the content of the apology in your advertisement, and showed its displeasure on the tiny advertisements placed at non prominent places of advertisements.’

Patanjali Founder Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna were present before the court today.

The Supreme Court also pulled up the Indian Medical Association Doctors for randomly endorsing Medicines/Health products in Allopathic field.

The bench remarked at IMA , “When you are pointing one finger at Patanjali, 4 are pointing towards you.’

The Bench said that ‘it will widen its ambit and its order will now be applied to all FMCGs and Drug companies.

We are not gunning a particular company, but all the issues affecting the general public, especially babies and school going kids,’ the Top Court said.

The court questioned the authorities saying, why Rule 170 (prohibited advertisements without state licencing authority, approval) put on hold.

“It is an arbitrary colourable exercise, We want an explanation on this,’ the bench said.

The bench impleaded I& B, consumer Affairs Ministries, Drug Licensing Authorities of all the states and asked them to reply in this regard.

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