What Ramdev has done for yoga is good but…: Supreme Court on Patanjali

The bench of judges has exempted Baba Ramdev and Balakrishna from making personal appearances before the court in Patanjali's misleading ads case.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order in contempt of court case linked to Patanjali Ayurved against Baba Ramdev and Balakrishna in misleading advertisements. After the strongly worded observations, a bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Ahsanuddin Amanullah exempted the due for making personal appearances before the court.

While undergoing proceedings at court on Tuesday, Senior Advocate Balbir Singh informed the court that Patanjali in written the channels to stop ads and also stopped the sale of the products in question. The court has now asked Patanjali to file an affidavit about the current stocks of the products.

When Solicitor General Tushar Mehta reiterated that Baba Ramdev has done a lot for yoga, the bench underlined, "Baba Ramdev has a lot of influence, use it in the right way." "What he has done for yoga is good but Patanjali products are a different matter," it added. The court also emphasized ensuring that the public is well informed about the choices. 

However, the orders on contempt of case against Ramdev and Balkraishna are reserved. The matter will be next heard on July 9.

What is the matter all about?

The matter was highlighted by the Indian Medical Association against Patanjali Ayurved and its owners last year, alleging that their products for treating high blood pressure and diabetes are misleading through ads. Hearing the matter, the top court warned Patanjali last year as well. However, after that also Patanjali published misleading ads, following which the court came down heavily on the promoters. Putting them under fire, the court asked for an apology in the newspaper. The apology was not able to convince the court because of its size. The court then asked the company to publish a full-page apology, and adhering to the same Patanjali issued a fresh apology, which was more prominent.