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FIR lodged against Ramdev, four others over Coronil issue

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Jaipur: Police have registered FIR against the yoga guru Baba Ramdev and four others for selling fake ayurvedic medicine that claimed to cure COVID-19 following clinical trials on a handful of positive patients. Four others in the FIR are Patanjali Ayurveda CEO Acharya Balkrishna and company employee Anurag Varshney, National Institute of Medical Sciences & Research (NIMS) chairman Balvir Singh Tomar and MS director Anurag Singh Tomar.

Patanjali, which is owned by Ramdev, has recently launched a ‘Coronil’, a drug which claimed to cure the deadly virus. The company also claimed they had clinically trailed the drug on COVID-19 positive patients in NIMS – a private institute near Jaipur.

The FIR was registered on the basis of the complaints made by a lawyer Balbir Jakhar, and some other individuals on Saturday (June 27) at the Jyoti Nagar Police Station in Jaipur.  It also said that the claim has been made without getting the Union Ayush Ministry’s approval.

“On June 23 Ramdev held a press conference in Patanjali Research Institute, Haridwar. Many people were on the stage during the conference, and they claimed that they have developed a cure, Coronil, for Coronavirus and it will make COVID-19 positive patients negative within three days. The AYUSH Ministry and Centre have refuted these claims and asked all documents related to these claims and to date, it has not verified that the medicine fulfills the parameters of WHO and AYUSH Ministry,” Jakhar said.

Therefore, Jakhar lodged the FIR as the attempt criminal intent. “Therefore, this attempt reeks of criminal intent and therefore, I lodged an FIR at Jyotinagar police station under various sections of the law,” he added. Section 420 (cheating and dishonesty) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 4 and 7 of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954, were filed against the five.

Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Gupta said on Sunday (June 28) that many more complaints had been received that claimed that no clinical trials were done. Jakhar in his complaint said that neither the centre nor the Rajasthan Government had been informed about the clinical trials of the drug. No arrests have been made so far in the case.

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