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IMA Uttarakhand Slaps Rs 1,000 Cr Defamation Notice on Yoga Guru Ramdev for Remarks Against Allopathy

Yoga Guru Ramdev (File Photo/Reuters)

Yoga Guru Ramdev (File Photo/Reuters)

The notice describes the remarks by Ramdev as damaging to the reputation and the image of allopathy.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has served a defamation notice on Ramdev for alleged disparaging remarks against allopathy and allopathic doctors, demanding an apology from him within 15 days, failing which it said it will demand a compensation of Rs 1,000 crore from the yoga guru.

The six-page notice served on behalf of IMA (Uttarakhand) secretary Ajay Khanna by his lawyer Neeraj Pandey describes the remarks by Ramdev as damaging to the reputation and the image of allopathy and around 2,000 practitioners of it who are part of the association.

Terming the remarks of the yoga guru a “criminal act" under section of 499 of the Indian Penal Code, the notice demanded a written apology from him within 15 days of its receipt, or else a 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 has also asked Ramdev to make a video clip contradicting all his false and defamatory allegations, and circulate it on all the social media platforms where he had uploaded his earlier video clip levelling the allegations.

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It has also asked the yoga guru to withdraw a “misleading" advertisement from all platforms endorsing “Coronil kit", a product of his firm, as an effective medicine for COVID-19, failing which an FIR and a criminal case will be lodged against him by the IMA.

IMA had earlier issued a press release condemning Ramdev’s words, demanding that the “Union Health Minister either accept accusation and dissolve modern medical facility or prosecute him and book him under Epidemic Diseases Act."

Following this, IMA vice president Dr Navjot Singh Dahiya lodged a complaint against the yoga guru at the Jalandhar police station and sought strict action against him. In his complaint, Dahiya accused Ramdev of using ‘defamatory and insulting language towards doctors’.

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first published:May 26, 2021, 13:08 IST