Patanjali’s tryst with controversy continues. This time Ramdev Baba’s Patanjali Yogpeeth and Yoga Gram management has reported to get into trouble with the Haridwar district administration slapping a notice on the firm to cough up Rs 6.83 lakh as entertainment tax. Adding to that, there’s a penalty of Rs 20,000 for evading it.
According to media reports Patanjali Yogpeeth Phase-I and II located on Haridwar-New Delhi national highway were inspected last December. Reports say that it was revealed that a total of 1,139 cable (satellite TV) connections were being used at all the institutions and control rooms were established by the management without permission. The notice has reported to mention that it’s violation of rule-3 of Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act. Notice has been sent to the institutions but the latter claims to have not received it as per media reports.
Last December a fine of Rs 11 lakh was imposed on Yoga guru Ramdev Baba's FMCG company, Patanjali Ayurved, by a Haridwar city court on charges of misbranding and misrepresentation of its products. 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 was 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.
Then 2016 saw Patanjali Ayurved pulled up by the self-regulatory body of advertisement Industry, ASCI for its 33 advertisements during April 2015 and July 2016 appearing in various media such as TV, Print and Product packaging and in various sectors such as Food and Beverages, Personal care, Health care etc.