‘Criminal Act’: Ramdev Gets ₹1,000 Cr Defamation Notice From IMA Uttarakhand

The Indian Medical Association’s (IMA’s) Uttarakhand division has sent a defamation notice to Yoga guru Ramdev for his recent statements questioning the efficacy of allopathy medicines.

The Indian Medical Association’s (IMA’s) Uttarakhand division has sent a defamation notice to Yoga guru Ramdev for his recent statements questioning the efficacy of allopathy medicines.

According to news agency ANI, IMA said if Ramdev does not post a video countering his statements and tender a written apology within 15 days then ₹1,000 crore will be demanded from him.

The notice of six-page describes the remarks by Ramdev as defaming the reputation and the image of allopathy and around 2000 practitioners, who are part of the association, PTI reported. The remarks of the Yoga guru was a “criminal act” under section of 499 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the notice said.

“I am ready for face-to-face with Baba Ramdev. Ramdev does not have a lot of knowledge about allopathy, despite that he is against allopathy and the doctors associated with it. He is making rhetorical statements,” IMA’s Uttarakhand unit president Dr Ajay Khanna was quoted as saying by the news agency. Khanna further added that Ramdev’s statement has reduced the morale of doctors working day and night in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, “Ramdev is constantly lying to sell his medicines.”

The yoga guru came under limelight after IMA and several doctors demanded his prosecution over his statements questioning the efficacy of allopathy medicines. In a viral video on internet Baba Ramdev was seen reading out from his phone in the 140-second long video, which was shared widely on social media in which he said in Hindi, “Allopathy is a stupid science. Firstly, hydroxychloroquine failed, the remdesivir failed… Plasma therapy effectiveness is now banned, the steroids have failed. Even Fabiflu and Ivermectin have also failed.”

On Saturday IMA sent a legal notice to the yoga guru over his alleged statements against allopathy and “defaming” scientific medicine. However, h is Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, denied the allegations put by the top medical body.

According to the statement by the Haridwar-based trust, Ramdev was reading out a WhatsApp forwarded message in the video that has gone viral on social media.

 

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