Court notice over baba’s magic remedy ads

May 16th, 2012 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the central and Delhi governments on a plea seeking action against a self-styled baba who advertises offering “magic treatment” to patients.

The division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice R.S. Endlaw sought response from the governments by July 4 and asked petitioner A.K. Jain to make city-based Nirmal Baba a party in the case.

The petitioner alleged that Nirmal Baba had been advertising in different electronic and print media claiming to offer “magical treatment” while claiming himself to be a “representative of god”.

The petitioner sought a ban on all advertisements by the baba, saying that such publicity was contrary to the provisions of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.

“The common man is being misled by the self-styled Nirmal Baba under the belief that the problems of a particular person will be solved with his blessings…the baba is spending lakhs of rupees on his advertisements and has earned more than Rs.200 crores within a few years in Delhi,” the petition said.

“Nirmal Baba through the electronic and print media publicity claims that if anyone starts acting on his advice then the person will be cured from any disease,” said advocate Sugriv Dubey appearing for Jain.

It was alleged by Jain that the baba had been organising camps in Delhi.

The petition sought the registration of a first information report against the baba.

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