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Court rejects Ramdev's 'Swadeshi' excuse to not share revenues with tribals

Uttarakhand had asked him to share Rs 20.4 million out of Rs 4.21 billion revenue with tribals and farmers who conserve the bioresources his company exploits commercially

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Baba Ramdev showing Patanjali products

Nitin Sethi New Delhi
Ramdev’s company Divya Pharmacy claimed that 'Swadeshi' companies should not share with farmers the huge profits and benefits they derive from selling India’s bioresources as their ‘herbal’ and ‘ayurvedic’ products. The plea has been shot down by the Uttarakhand High Court. The court has held that under the Biodiversity Act, 2002 Indian companies are as much liable to share their revenues as foreign entities when commercially exploiting natural resources that communities conserve. 

The single bench court of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia in its judgement concluded that the “Plain and textual interpretation” of the law that Ramdev’s Divya Pharmacy made to claim

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First Published: Dec 27 2018 | 5:11 PM IST

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