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HC refrains from staying Patanjali's toilet cleaner ad

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High today declined UK-based Reckitt Benckiser's plea to pass an interim order restraining Baba Ramdev's Ayurved Ltd from airing its advertisements which allegedly disparages the foreign company's product, Justice Manmohan said he cannot pass any interim order at the ex-parte stage in the matter without first getting a reply from The also observed that the advertisement appeared to be a "repartee". It asked the Indian company to file its response within 10 days on the allegations made by Reckitt in its suit, claiming that had infringed its copyright as the labels on its were identical to that of The also asked to file samples of its two toilet cleaners. The British company's lawyer, Chander Lal, also claimed before the that the cap and germ kill claims of Patanjali's product, Green Flush toilet cleaner, were identical to that of Lal said the initial few seconds of the advertisement mocked Harpic's ad campaign. Besides, Reckitt has also contended that the Indian company's product was not completely organic as claimed by it, as it too contains acids just like However, Patanjali's lawyer, Rajiv Nayar, argued that one of their two toilet cleaners had zero per cent hydrochloric acid and contained only organic acids. The other had 3.5 per cent hydrochloric acid whereas as 10.5 per cent of the chemical, Nayar claimed. The will further hear the matter on February 19.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 17:00 IST