The best stories of the day, in your inbox

Supreme Court Takes Strong Stand Against Patanjali Misleading Drug Ads


In a significant development, the Supreme Court of India has come down heavily on Patanjali Ayurveda, the popular Ayurvedic products company founded by Baba Ramdev. The court’s stern action comes in response to the company’s persistent and misleading advertisements related to medicinal cures.


Patanjali Ayurveda has been under scrutiny for its claims that certain products can permanently cure various ailments. Despite a previous order from the apex court, the company continued to disseminate misleading information about its offerings. This disregard for the court’s directive raised serious concerns about public health and consumer trust.

Court’s Verdict on Patanjali

A bench comprising Justices Hima Kohli and Ahsanuddin Amanullah took cognizance of Patanjali’s actions. The court observed that immediately after the apex court’s order on November 21, 2023, the company and its promoters organized press conferences and released advertisements that violated the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954. These advertisements claimed to cure ailments caused by sugar, obesity, blood pressure, and other diseases.

Contempt Proceedings Initiated

The court issued a contempt notice to Patanjali Ayurveda and its Managing Director, Acharya Balkrishna, demanding an explanation for their actions. The notice seeks to determine why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them. The court expressed strong disapproval, emphasizing that the company had taken not only the court but also the entire country for granted.

Allopathy vs. Ayurveda

Senior advocates representing the Indian Medical Association argued that Patanjali’s misleading advertisements targeted and denigrated the allopathy branch of medicine. Such actions, they asserted, should not be permitted. The court concurred, stating that it amounted to commercial propaganda and could not be countenanced.

Immediate Ban on Patanjali Advertisements

As a consequence of Patanjali’s continued defiance, the Supreme Court ordered an immediate ban on the company’s advertisements related to medicinal products. This ban will remain in effect until further orders. The court also scheduled a hearing for March 15, 2024, to assess the situation further.

Response from Patanjali

Former Delhi High Court judge G. S. Sistani, representing Patanjali Ayurveda, requested additional time to respond to the allegations leveled by the Indian Medical Association. He sought three weeks to prepare a comprehensive response.

Heavy Fines Looming

The court’s warning to Patanjali is clear: any further misleading advertisements will attract heavy fines. The company must now tread carefully and adhere to legal norms while promoting its products.

In a country where health and wellness are paramount, the Supreme Court’s decisive stance sends a strong message to all companies: truthfulness and responsibility in advertising are non-negotiable. Patanjali Ayurveda’s case serves as a reminder that misleading claims can have serious consequences.


  1. Times of India
  2. MSN

In a world where relationships are often reduced to mere

Today, on April 19th, we mark World Liver Day, a

Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company, is facing

The record-breaking rainfall in Dubai this week has left the

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken a significant step in

National Exercise Day, observed annually on April 18, serves as

WhatsApp, the popular messaging platform, has rolled out an exciting

Indonesia has been grappling with a volcanic crisis as the Ruang

The tense situation in the Middle East escalated further on

In a tragic incident, a migrant worker from Bihar lost

The Kannada film industry mourns the loss of a legendary

In a significant move, India has imposed fresh restrictions on

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has unveiled the final

Tragedy struck the northeastern region of Oman as flash floods wreaked havoc,

In the spirit of Ram Navami, the sacred city of

Tragedy struck the serene waters of the Jhelum River in

In a significant development, Iran Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has

Meta, the social media giant, has officially rolled out its AI

In a strategic move aimed at bolstering its network capabilities,

The post-apocalyptic world of “Fallout” has come alive on the small screen,

In a shocking incident early Sunday morning, two unidentified assailants

In a significant shift of fortunes, Samsung has dethroned Apple

A tragic incident unfolded in Vancouver as a 24-year-old Indian student, Chirag

The Ajitsingh Nagar police have taken a significant step by

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a crucial advisory to

Get daily updates in your inbox. Subscribe to our newsletter.