Supreme Court Offers Relief: Baba Ramdev's Apology Displays a Marked Improvement

By Consultants Review Team Wednesday, 01 May 2024

The Supreme Court noted that Baba Ramdev and Patanjali MD Acharya Balkrishna's recent public apologies, which they had written in newspapers over deceptive ads, demonstrated a "marked improvement," which came as a huge comfort to them.The highest court further excluded them from making a personal presence at the next session.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi was informed by a bench of justices Hima Kohli and Ahsanuddin Amanullah that the unconditional apology's wording was sufficient.

"I'm not sure whose vetting the second apology is about. There has been a noticeable improvement.We are grateful for that. "At last, they have comprehended," stated Justice Amanullah. The judge stated that Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna's names were absent from the prior apologies.

"The names are now available. We are grateful that there has been a noticeable improvement, Justice Amanullah said.

The Indian Medical Association was arguing before the Supreme Court that Baba Ramdev, Balkrishna, and the company had been engaged in a smear campaign against modern medicine and the coronavirus vaccination. The company's claims in its advertising that its herbal remedies might heal illnesses were also contested by the petition.

The three had been directed by the court to record the apologies on April 23.

The Balkrishna-led company promised the court in writing in November 2023 that it would not break any laws pertaining to deceptive advertising. It said that "no casual statements claiming medicinal efficacy or against any system of medicine will be released to the media in any form" .

Nonetheless, the court determined that the company had broken the commitment early this year. Afterwards, it sent show-cause letters to Acharya Balkrishna and Baba Ramdev, requesting an explanation as to why contempt charges ought not to be brought against them.

The pair was ordered to appear in person by the supreme court in March of this year after they neglected to submit a response to the contempt plea.

On May 7, the bench will take up the matter again.

When Mukul Rohatgi requested that they be excused from making a personal appearance, the court responded, saying that the exemption would only be valid until the following hearing date.

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