The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has issued a Rs 1,000 crore defamation notice to Yoga guru Swami Ramdev for his controversial comments against allopathy, modern medicine, and their use in the treatment of COVID-19. The notice was sent by the apex body of Indian doctors' Uttarakhand division.
The IMA stated in this notice that if he does not apologise for his contentious remarks via video or writing within 15 days, he will be fined Rs 1,000 crore. Ramdev, according to IMA Uttarakhand President Dr Ajay Khanna, lacks sound knowledge and is engaging in rhetorics.
“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,” said Dr Khanna.
He added that Ramdev’s remarks has reduces the morale of doctors and frontline workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He also stressed that Ramdev is “constantly lying to sell his medicines”.
Facing backlash and after a letter from Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan who termed his remarks as “extremely unfortunate”, Ramdev withdrew his statement but did not apologize.