Investigating the Legal Battle: Patanjali’s Apology and the Allopathy Perspective

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Investigating the Legal Battle: Patanjali’s Apology and the Allopathy Perspective


In a recent legal development, the Supreme Court of India has ordered Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd. to publicly apologize for allegedly flouting court directions. The case, which spans over three and a half years, sheds light on the clash between traditional Ayurvedic medicine and modern allopathy. Let’s delve into the details of this intriguing battle.


The Anonymous Letter and the Controversy

The saga began with an anonymous letter that raised concerns about Patanjali’s advertisements. The court took note of the issue and initiated proceedings against the company. Patanjali Ayurved, founded by yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna, faced allegations of misleading advertisements targeting allopathic medicines. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) filed a petition, asserting that it’s claims were unverified and violated existing laws.

The Court’s Reaction

The court expressed its displeasure over an advertisement issued by Patanjali on December 4, 2023. Interestingly, just weeks earlier, on November 21, 2023, It had assured the court that it would refrain from making “casual statements claiming medicinal efficacy or against any system of medicine.” However, the subsequent advertisement contradicted this commitment, leading to the court’s stern response.

The Unconditional Apology

In an attempt to rectify the situation, It’s founder, Baba Ramdev, and Managing Director, Acharya Balkrishna, submitted an unconditional apology. Ramdev acknowledged the breach of the court’s order and vowed not to repeat it. He expressed regret for the lapse and promised to uphold the majesty of law and justice. Balkrishna, too, undertook not to issue any offending advertisements in the future.

Allopathy’s Perspective

The court’s scrutiny extended beyond the apology. It questioned the consumption of Patanjali medicines for incurable diseases. The Indian Medical Association contended that Patanjali’s claims disparaged allopathy and violated relevant laws. The court emphasized that Patanjali must refrain from making casual statements in the press and ensure compliance with legal norms.

Patanjali’s Defense

Patanjali has consistently defended its products, emphasizing their efficacy and healing properties. The company cites numerous instances where its medicines and treatments have reportedly cured lakhs of people. While the court remains vigilant, Patanjali maintains that its Ayurvedic formulations offer holistic wellness and complement existing medical practices.


The legal battle between Patanjali and the allopathy industry continues to unfold. As the company faces the consequences of its misleading advertisements, it must strike a delicate balance between promoting its products and respecting established medical norms. The court’s decision serves as a reminder that claims related to health and medicine require rigorous scrutiny, regardless of the system they belong to.

Disclaimer: This article provides an overview of the legal battle and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are encouraged to seek professional legal counsel for specific cases.

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