Supreme Court’s Remark on Ramdev Baba’s Apology: “Ask for Forgiveness from the Entire Nation, Not Just Us”

The legal saga began when the Indian Medical Association (IMA) filed a case against Patanjali Ayurveda in November 2023

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In a scathing rebuke, the Supreme Court of India has admonished Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna in the ongoing case concerning misleading advertisements. The court warned them to be prepared for imminent legal action, emphasizing that a mere apology would not suffice. Expressing dissatisfaction with their apology, the court demanded that they extend their apologies not only to the judiciary but to the entire nation.

The legal saga began when the Indian Medical Association (IMA) filed a case against Patanjali Ayurveda in November 2023, alleging deliberate dissemination of false claims against allopathic doctors in Patanjali’s advertisements. Responding to the IMA’s concerns, the court issued an order in February directing Patanjali to cease all advertisements immediately. The matter is scheduled for further hearing on April 10.

During the proceedings, the Supreme Court questioned the actions of Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna, highlighting their failure to comply with previous warnings and court orders. Despite being cautioned in November, Patanjali proceeded to hold a press conference, prompting the court’s disapproval. Moreover, the court noted discrepancies in the submission of affidavits, further exacerbating the situation.

Expressing disappointment, the court interrogated the defendants on their disregard for the law despite previous assurances given to the Supreme Court. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta weighed in, expressing concern over the unfolding events and emphasizing the gravity of the situation.

In a separate development, the court had summoned Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna, citing their failure to respond to a contempt notice regarding misleading advertisements. The bench, presided over by Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah, initiated contempt proceedings against Patanjali for violating its commitments made before the court in November.

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