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IMA seeks FIR against Ramdev, complaint filed in Delhi

IMA further said that police investigation is necessary to unearth the identity of other persons involved with Ramdev.

May 27, 2021 / 02:51 PM IST
IMA further said that police investigation is necessary to unearth the identity of other persons involved with Ramdev.

IMA further said that police investigation is necessary to unearth the identity of other persons involved with Ramdev.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has sought an FIR against Ramdev over his comments on modern medicine. IMA has filed a police complaint against Ramdev in Delhi.

The complaint, signed by General Secretary of IMA, Dr Jayesh Lele, said that Ramdev, along with his associates, "operated in furtherance of their illegal and dishonest intention with a view of obtaining wrongful gain and consequently causing wrongful loss to the medical fraternity and general public in large".

Read: Nobody can arrest me, says Ramdev in viral video amid tussle with IMA

"The accused has committed cognizable offences and are liable to be prosecuted under all applicable and relevant provisions of the law, including Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897," the complaint said.

IMA further said that police investigation is necessary to unearth the identity of other persons involved with Ramdev in the "conspiracy of making scurrilous and malicious statements in public and obtaining unjust gains from the promotion of unproved and unapproved treatment methods".

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Read: IMA Uttarakhand sends Rs 1,000-crore defamation notice to Ramdev

IMA has sought an FIR against the yoga guru under relevant provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, Disaster Management Act, 2005, Indian Penal Code, 1860, and other relevant provisions.

The apex medical body of doctors had earlier served a defamation notice on Ramdev, demanding an apology from him within 15 days, failing which it said it will demand a compensation of Rs 1,000 crore from him.

The complaint comes a day after a video clip of Ramdev daring the authorities to arrest him went viral on social media.

The yoga guru and IMA are locked in an ugly war of words after Ramdev questioned modern medicine's ability to treat coronavirus.

He was recently forced to withdraw a statement made in the viral video clip in which he questioned some of the medicines being used to treat the coronavirus infection and said "lakhs have died from taking allopathic medicines for COVID-19".

The remarks were met with vociferous protests following which Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked him to withdraw the "extremely unfortunate" statement.

A day after withdrawing the remarks, Ramdev 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.
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first published: May 27, 2021 02:15 pm

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