SC asked Patanjali: Misleading Ads removed or not?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Ramdev’s Ayurveda company to file an affidavit within two weeks on whether the request made to social media intermediaries for the removal of advertisements has been fulfilled or not.

Jul 9, 2024 - 16:48
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SC asked Patanjali: Misleading Ads removed or not?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Ramdev’s Ayurveda company to file an affidavit within two weeks on whether the request made to social media intermediaries for the removal of advertisements has been fulfilled or not. The court asked Patanjali Ayurveda whether it has taken all misleading advertisements down from all platforms including social media. 
A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Sandeep Mehta was hearing a plea filed by the IMA alleging a smear campaign by Patanjali against the Covid vaccination drive and modern medicine.
Meanwhile, the Ramdev-led company informed the apex court that it had stopped the sale of the 14 products whose manufacturing licenses were suspended in April this year.
The company told the court that it has issued instructions to 5,606 franchise stores to withdraw these products. “Emails have been sent to all the franchise stores and partner stores also to remove the medicines including alerts in social media. But what was done after the intermediaries were informed? There are only a handful of intermediaries, not thousands,” the court told Patanjali.
During the hearing, the IMA told the court that an apology on behalf of the Association’s President, for his controversial remarks regarding the Patanjali hearing, had been sent to the media and published in IMA’s monthly journal as well as the website. The matter has now been posted to August 6.
On April 24, Patanjali Ayurveda co-founders Ramdev and Balkrishna issued a public apology in newspapers after the Supreme Court, while hearing a contempt case, had asked them whether the size of the apology was of the same size as its advertisements or not.

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