Yoga guru Ramdev on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the proceedings in multiple cases lodged against him in various states over his alleged remarks on the effectiveness of allopathy in the treatment of COVID19.
In his petition, Ramdev sought a stay on the proceedings in FIRs lodged by the Patna and Raipur branches of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and asked for clubbing and the consolidation of FIRs and their transfer to Delhi.
As per reports, the yoga guru has been booked under Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and other provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Ramdev had been engaged in a tussle with the IMA after his controversial remarks that lakhs of COVID-19 patients have died after taking allopathic medicines.
In a video that recently went viral on social media, Ramdev was allegedly heard saying that allopathy is a “stupid science”.
He also claimed that medicines including Remdesivir and Fabiflu, approved by the Drugs Controller General of India, failed to treat Covid19 patients in India and have caused the deaths of lakhs of people.
Apart from facing severe criticism from the IMA, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan wrote a letter to Baba Ramdev asking him to completely withdraw his statement against allopathy regarding Covid treatment.
“I hope, by giving a serious thought over this issue, and by respecting the emotions of corona warriors worldwide, you would completely withdraw your objectionable and unfortunate statement,” the letter stated.
“During the pandemic, allopathy and the doctors associated with it, have given a new life to crores of people…In this fight, the way the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers, have put their lives at risk to save the lives of others, and the commitment towards their duty and human service is unprecedented and incomparable,” it added.
“In these circumstances, calling the allopathy treatment for Corona as tamasha (farce), bekaar (worthless), and diwaliya (lame duck) is unfortunate,” the letter said.