Divya Pharmacy, a Haridwar-based undertaking of yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth, has registered a complaint against a Maharashtra-based businessman for duping the firm of Rs 1.2 crore.
The factory’s assistant general manager (HR & administration), Harish Bhatt, lodged a complaint with Haridwar’s Kotwali police station on Saturday against businessman Bhagwan Das for failing to supply raw materials in time for which payment was already made.
Despite several reminders, the supplier neither sent the raw materials, nor did he refund the money, the complaint said.
Bhatt said, “Baba Ramdev launched a jaggery powder project in 2008 to promote use of jaggery over sugar. Das, a member of a local yoga samiti, offered to supply it from Maharashtra where it is produced on a large scale. He was initially given a small consignment, which he delivered. When the demand increased for the product in 2009, Das was given a bigger consignment, which he failed to deliver even after eight years. But he went on taking orders and money.”
Bhatt added that when Patanjali asked for the supply, Das kept pushing the matter and said that he needed time to collect jaggery from villagers in bulk, turn it into powder and then deliver it. “He had said that he needed money for the process and we gave him Rs 1.2 crore in advance,” Bhatt said, adding that even then he didn’t supply the product.