‘Has a lot of influence, use it in right way’: SC on Ramdev in Patanjali ads case | India News

NEW DELHI: Yoga guru Ramdev has “a lot of influence” and he should “use it in a right way”, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday during hearing of misleading Patanjali advertisements case. The court also reserved its order in the contempt cases filed against Ramdev, his aide Acharya Balkrishna and the company.
While responding to Solicitor General Tushar Mehta remark that Ramdev has done a lot for yoga, Justice Hima Kohil acknowledged and added, “What has been done for yoga is good, but Patanjali products are another matter.”
Order reserved in contempt case against Patanjali Ayurved
The Supreme Court reserved its order in the contempt case filed against the company over the misleading ads.
A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Ahsanuddin Amanullah also dispensed with the personal appearance of Patanjali Ayurved’s founders, Ramdev and Balkrishna.
The bench also granted Patanjali three weeks to file affidavits indicating the steps taken to recall misleading ads for Patanjali products, for which licences have been suspended.
The top court was hearing a case filed by Indian Medical Association (IMA) against an alleged smear campaign carried out by Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. and its founders against the Covid-19 vaccination drive and modern medicine.
Counsels appearing for Patanjali told the bench that the company has written to all platforms which were still running its ads and that the sale of banned products has stopped.
Supreme Court blasts IMA chief
The SC pulled up Indian Medical Association president Dr RV Asokan for his disparaging remarks on court proceedings and rejected his affidavit seeking apology.
Pulling up the IMA chief for his statements against the court in a recent interview with news agency PTI, Justice Kohli said, “You do exactly the same thing Patanjali did. You are not a layman, don’t you know the consequences of such things? You can’t sit on your couch lamenting the order of the court.”
“We are the first one to uphold the freedom of free speech. But there are times when there should be self restraint. As IMA President, you should have had self restraint. That’s the point. We didn’t see that in your interviews,” said the bench.
“Dr. Asokan, you are also a citizen of this country. The amount of criticism judges face, why don’t they react? Because personally we don’t have much of an ego, we are magnanimous. We are entitled to take action, but very rarely we do. We seldom do that… We use our discretion with some sense of responsibility. But that does not mean you go to town with these kind of comments,” the SC bench told Ashokan.

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