According to recent media reports, a fine of Rs 11 lakh has been imposed on Yoga guru Ramdev's company, Patanjali Ayurved, by a Haridwar city court on charges of misbranding and misrepresentation of its products.
Reports say that the court of Lalit Narain Mishra, Haridwar's Additional District Magistrate, found the company guilty of releasing misleading advertisements+ by selling certain products, which mention being manufactured by Patanjali but are actually manufactured by some other firm.
A case had been filed in the court against the company in 2012 by the District Food Safety Department after samples of mustard oil, salt, pineapple jam, besan and honey produced by Patanjali had failed quality tests at Rudrapur laboratory.
Citing Section 52 (misbranding) and Section 53 (misleading advertisement) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 as well as Section 23.1 (5) of Food Safety and Standard (Packaging and Labelling Regulations, 2011) Act, the court has ordered Patanjali to pay the fine within a month.
This is not the first time that Patanjali has courted controversy with regards to its advertisements and products. Earlier this year, it was pulled up by the ASCI for its misleading ads.