The Supreme Court on Friday imposed a penalty of Rs 15 lakh on an ayurveda practitioner for unlawfully passing off allopathic medicines to a five-year-old child in 1994-95 which caused severe physical and mental injuries to him.
Partly setting aside the National Consumer Commissions order granting Rs 2.5 lakh in compensation to the mother of the child,a Bench led by Justice G S Singhvi deemed it appropriate to enhance the compensation payable by Uttarakhand-based ayurveda practitioner R K Gupta.
The National Commission has already held that respondent was guilty of unfair trade practice and adopted unfair method and deceptive practice by making false statement orally as well as in writing. In view of the aforesaid finding,we hold that both Prashant and the appellant (his mother) suffered physical and mental injury due to the misleading advertisement,unfair trade practice and negligence of the respondents. They are thus entitled for an enhanced compensation for the injury suffered by them, said the court.
It has asked Gupta to pay the damages within three months.