Supreme Court Issues Contempt Notice to Patanjali Over Misleading Advertisements

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Published on: February 28, 2024 at 09:50 IST

Patanjali Ayurved, co-owned by yoga guru Ramdev, faces a significant setback as the Supreme Court issues a contempt notice to the company for disseminating misleading advertisements. The apex court has also reprimanded the Centre for its inaction in addressing the matter.

Here are the top quotes from the hearing:

  1. “Patanjali Ayurved is restrained from advertising or branding the products specified as a disease under the Act and Rule manufactured and marketed by it.”
  2. “The respondent is cautioned from making any statements against any system of medicine in the media, both print and electronic, in any form.”
  3. “You (Patanjali Ayurved) had the courage to come up with this advertisement after the order of this court! Permanent relief… what do you mean by permanent relief? Is it a cure? You can’t say your medicines/drugs cure a particular disease.”
  4. “How can Patanjali claim to completely cure blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and obesity?”
  5. “Allopathy cannot be degraded/defamed in the eyes of the public like this. You (Patanjali) cannot criticize any other method of treatment like allopathy.”
  6. “The entire country is being taken for a ride! You (Union government) wait for two years when the Act says this is prohibited. The government is sitting with its eyes closed.”

The Supreme Court’s stringent remarks underscore the seriousness of the issue, emphasizing the need for transparency and accuracy in advertisements, particularly in the healthcare sector.

Patanjali Ayurved’s practices have come under scrutiny, highlighting the importance of adhering to regulatory guidelines to safeguard public health and uphold ethical standards.

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