New Delhi: The war of words between Ramdev and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) escalated on Wednesday after Yoga Guru was slapped with a Rs 1000 crore defamation notice over his recent statements on allopathy medicine.
Netizens started trending #ArrestRamdev on social media.
According to TOI, the Yoga Guru said in Hindi, “Khair, arrest to unka baap bhi nahi kar sakta Ramdev ko (Anyway, even their father can’t arrest Swami Ramdev).”
‘Ramdev should be booked under sedition charges’
On Wednesday, the Indian Medical Association appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take appropriate action under sedition and other charges against Baba Ramdev for allegedly “spearheading a misinformation campaign on COVID-19 vaccination”.
The IMA said that Ramdev falsely claimed that 10,000 doctors died despite taking two doses of vaccination.
It is a deliberate move to stall the efforts of vaccination to reach our masses and it needs to be curtailed immediately, the doctors’ body said.
The Uttarakhand division of the IMA sent Rs 1,000 crores defamation notice to Ramdev.
In the notice, IMA said if the yoga guru does not post a video countering the statements given by him and tender a written apology within the next 15 days, then a sum of Rs 1,000 crores will be demanded from him.
‘Ramdev does not have sound knowledge, engaging in rhetoric’
Ramdev does not have sound knowledge and is engaging in rhetorics, said IMA Uttarakhand unit President Dr Ajay Khanna.
Ramdev had to withdraw his statements on allopathic medicine after receiving a strong-worded letter from Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan who termed his remarks “inappropriate”.
In his letter to the Health Minister, the Yoga Guru said he does not oppose modern medical science and allopathy.
“We believe that allopathy has shown immense progress in surgery and the lifesaving system and served humanity. My statement has been quoted as part of a WhatsApp message that I was reading during a meeting of volunteers. I am sorry if it has hurt anyone’s sentiment,” he said.