Rs 1 crore fine for each false cure claim: SC warns Ramdev’s Patanjali

NEW DELHI | Updated: 21 November, 2023 5:17 pm IST

NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a final warning to Baba Ramdev’s company Patanjali to stop making misleading advertisements and false claims against modern medicine to elevate the status of Ayurveda.

While considering a petition filed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) regarding deceptive advertisements, a bench led by Justices Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Prashant Kumar Mishra delivered a strong caution to the company co-established by Baba Ramdev.

The SC has decided to levy “hefty penalties” on the yoga guru’s company if such an incident occurs again. “All such false and misleading advertisements of Patanjali Ayurved have to stop immediately. The Court will take any such infraction very seriously, and the Court will also consider imposing costs to the extent of Rs. 1 crores on every product regarding which a false claim is made that it can “cure” a particular disease,” Justice Amanullah orally said, as reported by Live Law.


The apex court had previously asked the central government to come up with provisions that tackle misleading medical advertisements.

Earlier in October, the Supreme Court had issued a notice while hearing a petition filed by Ramdev himself regarding an alleged derogatory comment he had made regarding the efficacy of modern-day medicine while blaming Remdisivir and the vaccine for the COVID deaths in 2022.

The bench comprised senior judges AS Bopanna and MM Sundresh. The notice had been sent to the IMA and the Centre to club the two cases registered with the Bihar High Court and the Chhattisgarh High Court for investigation and trial at a “common place”, preferably in Delhi.

In August of 2022, an SC bench led by then Chief Justice of India, CV Ramana, had remarked, “He cannot abuse doctors and the system. It is better he restrains himself from abusing other systems.”

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