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Himalaya Wellness accused of suppressing criticism after X suspends The Liver Dr’s account

Himalaya Wellness had moved the court against Dr Cyriac Abby Philips, aka The Liver Dr, for making defamatory allegations against the company and its product ‘Liv 52’, post which the Bengaluru Civil court issued an ad-interim ex-parte injunction to X to suspend the account

Dr Cyriac Abby Philips

Elon Musk-owned X has suspended the account of  Dr Cyriac Abby Philips, aka ‘The Liver Dr’, globally, on legal grounds as Bengaluru Civil Court passed an ad-interim ex-parte injunction in the Himalaya Wellness case.

The parent company of Liv 52 had moved the court alleging that The Liver Dr who is known as an AYUSH critic, had made defamatory allegations against the company and its products via his posts.

In its complaint, Himalaya Wellness also claimed that the statements made by the Kerala-based hepatologist were not only false and unjustified but also made the company incur losses.

In the aftermath of X withholding the Liver Dr account, various users not only expressed their support for the Kerala-based doctor but also made the #BringBackTheLiverDoc trend for a while on the microblogging platform.

The Ayurveda pharma company in its complaint also mentioned that the Liver Dr purportedly promoted its competitors- Cipla and Alchem.

Taking all this into consideration, the Bengaluru Civil Court passed its order under Sector 151 of the Code of Civil Procedure 1908, which restrains the expert from tweeting, making or publishing, re-tweeting and republishing any defamatory remarks against Himalaya Wellness or its products under Sector 79 of the Information Technology Act 2000.

“There is a need to issue an ad-interim ex-parte injunction directing the party who is posting such materials to remove them at the earliest so as to minimise the damage caused to the person who is affected by such postings in any manner,” the Court statement read.


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