YOGA guru Baba Ramdev has landed in trouble for allegedly using derivatives of a protected plant in his Ayurvedic medicines.
A consignment of Baba Ramdev’s pharmacy was among those recently confiscated by the authorities for flouting rules.
“ Twenty- three consignments, worth crores of rupees, have been seized at different airports and seaports in the country during an international operation against illegal wildlife products, coordinated by Interpol,” wildlife department officials said.
The consignment of Divya Pharmacy was seized by the customs department last month at the Inland Container Depot, Tuglaqabad in Delhi. All the confiscated drugs contained derivatives of Kuth, a protected plant under the Wildlife Protection Act, they said.
The customs department has imposed a fine of Rs 8,000 on the pharmacy, official sources said. The department will now hand over all the 23 cases to the environment ministry for further legal action.
When contacted, Acharya Balkrishna of Divya Pharmacy said the trading of cultivated Kuth was permissible in India and the action initiated by the authorities was illegal.
The operation was carried out in 18 countries, including India, between February 1 and 28, and the authorities seized the contrabands which were outbound from India.
The operation was the first ever globally coordinated action against illegal wildlife trade.
Its primary goal was to combat the illegal trade in endangered wildlife, which is a threat to the plants’ biodiversity.