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Uttarakhand HC dismisses PIL against Patanjali’s immunity booster tablet Coronil

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Monday, August 17, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Uttarakhand High Court (HC) has on August 14, 2020 dismissed a PIL against Patanjali Ayurveda’s immunity booster tablet Coronil after having found no prima facie case against the Patanjali in the PIL and also imposed costs of Rs. 25,000 on the petitioner.

The matter titled Mani Kumar v State of Uttrakhand was filed as PIL in the Uttrakhand High Court alleging misrepresentation on behalf of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. (Respondent No. 6) in as much as they did not seek approvals for the trials conducted with relation to Coronil tablets. The petitioner also alleged that Patanjali was wrongfully advertising the Coronil Tablet as a cure for COVID-19 coronavirus. The petitioner sought for issuance of a Writ in the nature of Mandamus to ban the medicine launched by Patanjali and to take strict action against Patanjali and to award the cost of the Petition to the Petitioner.  

The Uttarakhand HC specifically observed the failure of the petitioner to present a bona fide case against Patanjali along with the presentation of incorrect facts by the Petitioner. Uttarakhand HC also rightfully held that Patanjali was able to counter each and every allegation levelled by the Petitioner and even backed it up with cogent evidence.

A bare extract of the order is as follows, “Each one of the contentions of the Petitioner has been negated by the Respondents and the State agencies that the sixth Respondent is not a manufacturer of the product. On merits, we find absolutely no reasons to entertain this Petition. Incorrect facts have been narrated. Under these circumstances, while accepting the apology of the Petitioner, party-in person, the Petition is dismissed as withdrawn. We deem it just and appropriate that a proper message be sent to those persons misusing public interest. We deem it necessary that the Petitioner, party-in-person, be directed to pay costs of Rs. 25,000 with the Registry of this Court within a period of one week.”    

The Uttrakhand HC was pleased to issue notices to the Respondents vide Order dated July 1, 2020. Subsequently, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd filed its appearance and further sought time to file a Counter Affidavit. The same was duly done by Patanjali and arguments ensued.

A team of lawyers from Athena Legal being lead by Kailash Vasudev, Senior Advocate along with  Sanjay Shandilya (Independent Counsel), Athena Legal’s Simranjeet Singh and Ramji Srivastav (Local Counsel)represented the case on behalf of Patanjali Ayurveda.

 

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