Indian Medical Association Slaps Rs 1000 Crore Lawsuit Against Baba Ramdev: Find Out Why?
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has issued a defamation notice to Ramdev for allegedly making disparaging remarks against allopathy and allopathic doctors.
If Ramdev does not apologise within 15 days, it will demand compensation of Rs 1,000 crore from the yoga guru.
The remarks by Ramdev, according to the six-page notice submitted on behalf of IMA (Uttarakhand) secretary Ajay Khanna by his lawyer Neeraj Pandey, are “damaging to the reputation and image of allopathy and the approximately 2,000 practitioners who are members of the association.”
A Defamation Notice On Ramdev
IMA has also termed the remarks of the yoga guru a “criminal act” under section 499 of the Indian Penal Code.
The notice also has demanded a written apology from him within 15 days of its receipt.
If he failed to do so compensation of Rs 1,000 crore will be demanded from him at the rate of Rs 50 lakh per member of the IMA.
The notice also instructs Ramdev to create a video clip refuting all of his charges and distribute it on the same social media sites where he posted his previous video accusing him of them.
It also said that the yoga guru should remove a “misleading” advertisement from all platforms supporting “Coronil kit,” a product of his firm, as a successful COVID-19 treatment, failing which the IMA will file an FIR and a criminal action against him.
Ramdev And His Remarks Against Allopathy
Ramdev in a viral video clip questions some of the medicines being used to treat the coronavirus infection and also saying that “lakhs have died from taking allopathic medicines for COVID-19”.
On Sunday he was also forced to withdraw the statement as these remarks gave birth to vociferous protests from the doctors’ association, following which Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked him to withdraw the “extremely unfortunate” statement.
Open Letter On Twitter Handle
A day later, the yoga guru posed 25 questions to the IMA in an ‘open letter on his Twitter handle, asking if allopathy offered permanent relief for ailments such as hypertension and type-1 and 2 diabetes.
He also went on to list modern-day ailments such as Parkinson’s disease.
He wondered if allopathy had any painless cure to treat infertility as well as to reverse ageing and increase haemoglobin.
Soon after, Ramdev’s close aide Acharya Balkrishna took to Twitter, saying the yoga guru and Ayurveda were being targeted by allopathic practitioners under the IMA as part of a conspiracy.
“As part of the conspiracy to convert the entire country into #Christianity, #Yoga and #Ayurveda are being maligned by targeting @yogrishiramdev jee. Countrymen, wake up now from the deep slumber otherwise the generations to come will not forgive you,” Mr Balkrishna said in a tweet.