Yoga teacher Ramdev — who infuriated doctors across the country with his remarks on allopathic medicine – has approached the Supreme Court seeking a freeze on the police cases against him over the issue. He has also asked that the First Information Reports filed across the country be clubbed together and transferred to Delhi.
Last month, as the second wave of Covid ripped through the country killing thousands, Ramdev had stirred a controversy with his remarks on the efficacy of allopathic drugs against the virus.
In a widely shared video from an event, he was heard saying, “Lakhs of people have died because of allopathic medicines, far more than those who died because they did not get treatment or oxygen.”
Various units of the Indian Medical Association filed complaints against him with the police, based on which multiple cases were lodged. The association also sent him a notice asking him to apologise for the remarks within 15 days.
In case of failure, the country’s top doctors’ body said a compensation of Rs 1,000 crore would be demanded for defamation.
Ramdev had withdrawn his comments later, following a communication from the Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Earlier this month, Ramdev said he will soon get the Covid vaccine and described doctors as “God’s envoys on earth”.