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					               Case Against Nirmal Baba Disposed

New Delhi, August 31,2012- The Delhi High Court on 29th August,
2012 disposed a Public Interest Petition filed under the Drugs and
Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 seeking
action against Nirmal Baba for allegedly advertising and practicing
magic remedies through print and electronic media. The Division
Bench of the Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai
Endlaw examined and held that no material was found to prosecute
Shri Nirmaljeet Singh Narula or Nirmal Baba.

The High Court on 16th May, 2012 directed the counsel for GNCTD
to file a status report examining the allegations against Nirmal
Baba. The status report was filed by GNCTD on 29th June, 2012
wherein it was clarified that no specific facts or instances or type of
diseases were claimed to be cured or any such evidence has been
mentioned or adduced against Nirmal Baba in the Petition that can
be said to violate the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable
Advertisements) Act, 1954.

The Petition filed by A.K. Jain alleging that Nirmal Baba had been
claiming to offer “magical treatment” was disposed of observing that
Nirmal Baba did not give any medicine related advice through
advertisements which could affect the health of the human or
distributed any magical remedies related substances. It was
contended on behalf of Nirmal Baba that he has not indulged in any
advertisement through hoardings, pamphlets, posters and
emphasized only the values of truth, selfless prayer and devotion to
one’s duties. The allegations made in the Petition and the evidence
adduced of a photograph of Nirmal Baba with one hand raised, are
insubstantial to allege the violation under the Drugs and Magic
Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954. The Petition
was disposed in the absence of any substantial ground as it relied
on vague evidences to support the averments.
GNCTD counsel Najmi Wajiri further apprised the High Court that a
letter has been written to Ministry of Information & Broadcasting,
Press Information Bureau, the Press Council of India and the
Advertising Standards Council of India wherein they have been
informed that it has come to the notice of the drugs control
department that several persons/firms are giving advertisement in
the electronic media as well as in the print media about certain
drugs/articles/machines whose usage, as per their claims, would
lead to the cure of such diseases, disorder or condition. These
advertisements are often published with a view to mislead the
general public. In view of the above, the authorities are requested to
bring to the knowledge of the concerned TV Channels, electronic
and print media, newspapers/periodicals/magazines/publications
and other concerned persons/firms not to allow such
advertisements      for   being    telecast/    printed     in   their
channels/newspapers/magazines etc. which are in contravention of
the different provisions of the above referred Act or Rules framed
thereunder.

				
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