Supreme Court blasts yoga guru Ramdev over apology affidavit: 'Lip service'

Baba Ramdev tendered an unconditional apology for violating the Supreme Court's order for misleading advertisements of Patanjali's medicinal products.
Supreme Court blasts yoga guru Ramdev over apology affidavit: 'Lip service'
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday came down heavily on Baba Ramdev for violating its directives on misleading advertisements of Patanjali's medicinal products even as the yoga guru, who was present in court, tendered an unconditional apology.

"We are tendering an unconditional apology. He (Baba Ramdev) is here personally present to apologise," the advocate representing Patanjali told the court.

The court, however, called it "lip service" and said that Patanjali "owes an apology to the whole nation" for their misleading claims. "You have broken every barrier... Now you say that you are sorry," the court said.

The Supreme Court granted a "last opportunity" to Baba Ramdev and Balkrishna, asking them to file fresh affidavits within a week.

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A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Ahsanuddin Amanullah had also issued a notice to Ramdev to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him.

"How can you be in teeth of our orders?... We had our hands tied earlier but not now (with initiation of contempt proceedings)," the court had told senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for Patanjali Ayurved.

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Supreme Court blasts yoga guru Ramdev over apology affidavit: 'Lip service'

After the Supreme Court rap, Patanjali Ayurved, in an affidavit, tendered an unconditional apology, stating that Patanjali's intention was only to exhort the citizens of this country to lead a healthier life by using its products.

Source: India Today

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