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SC denies Ramdev's apology in misleading ads case, says "You are not so innocent"

The Supreme Court has adjourned the next hearing for April 23.

Baba Ramdev has once again apologised to the Supreme Court on April 16 after being reprimanded for conducting a press conference and running advertisements against court orders, as mentioned in a report by The Times of India. During the proceedings, he assured the court that such incidents would not occur in the future.

Ramdev and Patanjali's MD Balkrishna admitted to their wrong doing in violating the court orders. They sought the court's permission to rectify their actions by undertaking specific measures, including a public apology.

"I am willing to give a public apology to show contrition and to tell the public that it is not that I am doing only some lip service in court," Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Patanjali, told a bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Ahsanuddin Amanullah.

In response, the Supreme Court strongly criticised the company, emphasising, "You are doing good work, but you cannot demean allopathy. You are not so innocent that you didn't know what we said in earlier order."

The apex court has granted Ramdev, Balkrishna, and Patanjali a one-week period to issue a public statement regarding the misleading advertisement case. The matter is scheduled for the next hearing on April 23.

Earlier, the Supreme Court rejected an affidavit submitted by Patanjali, which offered an 'unconditional apology' in the misleading advertisement case.

SC is upset from Patanjali regarding a press conference conducted by Ramdev on November 22, 2023, in Haridwar, and an advertisement released by the company on December 4, 2023, allegedly breaching an assurance made on November 21, 2023, to abstain from such actions. This assurance followed a petition filed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

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