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Patanjali misleading ads: Ramdev, Balkrishna issue second ‘bigger’ apology following Supreme Court stare-down

Patanjali misleading ad case: Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna of Patanjali Ayurved have issued a new public apology in newspapers on Wednesday regarding a contempt case in the Supreme Court over misleading advertisements. The Court is scheduled to hear the matter on April 30.

Patanjali misleading ad case: Yoga guru Ramdev leaving after appearing before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 23, in connection with the Patanjali misleading advertisements case. (PTI)Premium
Patanjali misleading ad case: Yoga guru Ramdev leaving after appearing before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 23, in connection with the Patanjali misleading advertisements case. (PTI)

Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna published a new public apology in the newspapers today, Wednesday, April 24, for not complying with the Supreme Court's directives regarding misleading advertisements against Patanjali Ayurved. This marks their second apology, and notably, the new advertisement is bigger, following the court's inquiry into the size of their first apology compared to the ads for their products.  

Patanjali Ayurved founders Baba Ramdev and managing director Acharya Balkrishna's new “unconditional public apology" in newspapers today states, “In wake of on going matter before the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, we in our individual capacity as well as on behalf of the Company, unconditionally apologise for the non-compliance or disobedience of directions/orders of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India."

Also read: Patanjali in court: SC pulls up company, warns FMCG firms against misleading ads

 

Patanjali misleading ad case: The new “unconditional public apology” by Patanjali in newspapers today.
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Patanjali misleading ad case: The new “unconditional public apology” by Patanjali in newspapers today.

The advertisement further reads, “We unconditionally extend the apology for holding meeting/press conference dated 22.11.2023. We earnestly apologize for the mistake made in publishing our advertisements and it is our whole- hearted commitment that such errors will not be repeated. We undertake to abide by directions and instructions of the Hon'ble Court with due care and utmost sincerity. We undertake to uphold the majesty of the court and comply with applicable laws and directions of the Hon’ble Court of law/relevant authorities."

Also read: Patanjali in court: SC pulls up company, warns FMCG firms against misleading ads

Earlier, Ramdev and Balkrishna had submitted an “unconditional and unqualified apology" before the Supreme Court for making false claims about the medicinal efficacy of their products in their advertisements.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court reprimanded Ramdev and his aide Balkrishna, who were bombarded with questions about the prominence of the published apology in newspapers. While putting forth questions, a bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Ahsanuddin Amanullah, had said, “Is it the same size of advertisements that you normally issue in newspapers?"

Also read: Patanjali ads case: SC asks Ramdev, Balkrishna to issue public apology

Representing Ramdev and Balkrishna, Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi informed the SC bench that they had issued an unqualified apology for their “lapses" in 67 newspapers on Tuesday, April 23.

On April 16, the Supreme Court had granted Patanjali a week's time to tender a public apology. The Court will hear the matter related to the apology published by Ramdev and Balkrishna on April 30.

 

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Published: 24 Apr 2024, 08:55 AM IST
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