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No action on Patanjali by Uttarakhand govt in 2 years over misleading ads

This was revealed in an affidavit filed by the Union Ayush Ministry in the Supreme Court on March 19.

Screenshot 2024 04 01 092339NEW DELHI: No action was taken, and only letters and notices were served to yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved by the Uttarakhand authorities in the last two years for repeatedly violating an Act that deals with misleading advertisements of Ayush products.

A warning was issued but only after the severe drubbing by the top court on February 27 when it said that the “entire country was taken for a ride” and had asked Ramdev and managing director Acharya Balkrishna to appear personally before the court.

This was revealed in an affidavit filed by the Union Ayush Ministry in the Supreme Court on March 19. The affidavit clearly showed that no action was taken despite several Supreme Court orders, RTIs, and even directives from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

“The ministry’s response to the apex court clearly shows that the Uttarakhand authorities failed to prosecute Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved in the last two years,” said RTI activist Dr K V Babu, who has been relentlessly pursuing the matter and has filed several RTIs with the Centre as well as the state for action against Ramdev’s Patanjali for violating the Drugs and Magic Remedies Act, 1954.

He said it was only after the apex court’s stern warning that Balkrishna gave an unconditional apology to the SC and promised to “ensure that such ads are not issued in the future” on March 21.

“This situation would not have happened had both the Centre and the state taken a firm stand and prosecuted Patanjali Ayurved in these two years.” Attaching a March 12 letter in the affidavit on the action taken report concerning the misleading advertisement of Ayush product manufactured by Divya Pharmacy, the ministry said they had directed the Ayurveda and Unani Services, Licensing Authority, Uttarakhand, to inform them of the action taken against company.

Unconditional apology

RTI activist Dr K V Babu said it was only after the apex court’s stern warning that Balkrishna gave an unconditional apology to the SC and promised to “ensure that such ads are not issued in the future” on March 21. “This situation would not have happened had both the Centre and the state taken a firm stand and prosecuted Patanjali Ayurved in these two years.”

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