New Delhi. The Delhi High Court summoned him on a petition filed against yoga guru Ramdev’s statement against allopathic medicines and his claim that Patanjali’s Coronil kit was a treatment for Kovid-19, but the court refused him. Refusing to order stoppage at this stage, said that the profession of allopathy is not so weak.
However, the court orally asked the yoga guru’s counsel not to ask Ramdev to make any provocative statement. Justice S Harishankar said, “Rajeev Nair is a respected senior (lawyer). I am sure his clients will listen to him.” The court summoned the yoga guru on the suit filed by the Delhi Medical Association (DMA) and asked him to file his reply in three weeks. The court adjourned the hearing of the case till July 12.
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Justice Harishankar said, “A lot of time has elapsed since the alleged injurious statements were made. The lawyer says that respondent number one (Ramdev) is giving statements continuously. No order can be made to stop the plaintiff without giving any opportunity especially in view of the objections. Issue summons on the suit.” The court also issued summons to social media platforms Twitter and Facebook and Aastha channel, which were made parties in this case.coronil is not a cure for corona virus
The DMA, in the suit filed on behalf of its medical members, told the court that coronil is not a treatment for corona virus, so Ramdev’s statement is misleading. He has demanded one rupee from them as a token compensation amount. When the court questioned the DMA as to how this statement affects it, senior advocate Rajiv Dutta, representing it, said that it affects, as this drug does not treat the corona virus and it violates the civil rights of doctors. A suit has been filed.
The court said that it cannot tell whether there is coronil treatment or not and it will be decided by the medical experts. He said that he does not give much importance to the DMA’s argument that Ramdev is an influential person. The court said, “Ramdev does not believe in allopathy. They believe that every disease can be treated with yoga and ayurveda. He can be right as well as wrong.
The judge said the court can understand that it is being argued that his statements are influencing people, but you are saying, “Oh my God, Ramdev has done something. Instead of wasting the time of the court, you people should spend time in finding a cure for the global pandemic.
Regarding the DMA’s main ground for registering the case, Dutta said that the statements made in public affect and are affecting the general public and also the members of the DMA. He said that Ramdev is calling science fake. To this, the judge said, “I think any science is bogus. Tomorrow I will feel that homeopathy is fake. So will you file a case against me? I write on my twitter, so you will say shut down twitter account. This is people’s opinion. I don’t think your allopathy profession is so weak.
He said that it should be tested on the test of freedom of speech. The court said that someone is of the opinion that so many people have died due to the inefficiency of allopathic medicines and they believe that it comes under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. Nair objected to the maintainability of the petition and argued that the matter was prima facie not maintainable.
Meanwhile, Dutta said that the Ministry of AYUSH had given a statement that Coronil is not a cure for COVID-19 and cannot be advertised as a treatment. He had also sought information from Patanjali, after which Ramdev clarified that it helps in increasing immunity.
The court noted that Ramdev has given an explanation. He said that with this clarification, the entire complaint of the DMA should have gone away. “If it was mandatory for Patanjali to do this (information and not publicity) and if he violates it, then the matter has to be looked into by the Ministry of AYUSH. Why are you objecting.” The DMA’s lawyer then said that Patanjali earned Rs 25 crore from Coronil as a treatment for Kovid-19 and he has a large number of supporters in the country.
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To this the court said, “Should people be blamed for buying coronils?” The court advised the DMA to file a PIL instead of filing a suit.