Patiala House Court rejects plea for FIR against Baba Ramdev

The Patiala House Court yesterday (July 16) dismissed a plea seeking registration of an FIR against Baba Ramdev and the company Patanjali for allegedly making claims to cure COVID-19.

The order was passed by Metropolitan Magistrate Sumeet Anand on an application filed by advocate Tushar Anand, alleging that Baba Ramdev, along with the others associated with Patanjali Ayurveda have acted jointly in a pre-planned conspiracy to take undue advantage of their special status in the society by making false claims of having found a cure for COVID-19.

The complainant had alleged that Baba Ramdev and others have violated the provisions of Sections 270, 420, 504, 120B, 34 IPC, Section 33(E) (Misbranded Drugs) read with section 33(I) (Penalty for misbranded drugs) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 for the offence of “Misbranded Drugs”.

Further, it was alleged that the accused persons have also committed offence under Section 4 (Prohibition of misleading advertisements relating to drugs) and section 7 (penalty up to 6 months) of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.

The Court was informed that an FIR had already been registered at Jaipur, therefore the court referring to the Supreme Court’s order in Arnab Ranjan Goswami vs UOI observed: “Once there’s already an FIR registered with regard to a cause of action, as raised by the plaintiff herein, which is beneath investigation, there’s no occasion for this court to order registration of another FIR on a similar cause of action, which can have the effect of registration of multiple FIRs against a similar suspect for a similar cause of action in several states.”
Hence, the Court laid-off the application.

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