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Sale of 14 suspended products stopped: Patanjali tells Supreme Court

Jul 9, 2024 02:37 PM IST

Patanjali informed the Supreme Court that it has issued directions to 5,606 franchise stores to recall these products.

Patanjali Ayurved Ltd has informed the Supreme Court that it has stopped the sale of 14 products whose manufacturing licenses were suspended by the Uttarakhand State Licensing Authority in April this year. The company informed the high court that it has issued instructions to 5,606 franchise stores to withdraw these products. It also said that media platforms have also been directed to withdraw advertisements of these 14 products.

An advertisement featuring Baba Ramdev is seen inside a Patanjali store in Ahmedabad, India. (Reuters)

The court ordered Patanjali Ayurved Ltd to file an affidavit within two weeks stating whether the request to social media intermediaries to remove ads has been complied with or not. This comes at a time when the Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) accusing Patanjali of running a smear campaign against the Covid vaccination drive and modern medicine.

The Uttarakhand State Licensing Authority had earlier informed the Supreme Court that the manufacturing licences of 14 products of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd and Divya Pharmacy have been “suspended with immediate effect”.

On May 14, the court passed an order on the pay-off order issued to Ramdev, his assistant Balkrishna and Patanjali Ayurved Ltd in the case of misleading advertisements.