The Supreme Court declined to hear a PIL seeking a direction to allow the distribution of a “herbal concoction” claiming it has shown miraculous results in numerous Covid-19 patients, including critical patients with low oxygen levels.
A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, and Justice A.S. Bopanna & Justice Hrishikesh Roy dismissed the plea which sought directions to set aside the order passed by the Collector & District Magistrate and Institution of Lokayukta of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to stop the distribution of the herbal concoction & termed the same as illegal being violative of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.
The plea, filed by Abhinandan C., has submitted before the Court that the home-made herbal concoction prepared by Bonigi Anandaiah from Krishnapatnam Town, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, has miraculous results on numerous Covid-19 patients, including critical patients whose blood oxygen levels were less than 90. Also, it doesn’t have any side-effects.
“Despite that respondent authorities have, however, taken an arbitrary decision in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India, to stop the distribution of the said herbal concoction till a detailed research, analysis and clinical trials are conducted,” averred the plea.
The petitioner claimed, “It is well-established fact that India has been a land of extraordinary traditional knowledge. The world-famous Neem Case, Turmeric Case, and Basmati Case require no introduction. When modern scientific pharma companies and established ayurvedic drug companies can be allowed to administer medicines and steroids having hazardous side-effects, without there being any concrete evidence of their efficacy, there is absolutely no reason why a safe herbal concoction without any side-effects should be prohibited from being distributed without the proof of its efficacy or clinical trial.”
He further alleged, “there is also possibility that huge pharma companies are lobbying against natural herbal cures and engaging into corrupt practices for the sake of their personal interests.”
He also prayed that any research on the herbal concoction prepared by Anandaiah maybe 15 monitored by the Apex Court through independent experts/supervisors.