New Delhi: A defamation notice has been served by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Ramdev for alleged disparaging statements against allopathy medicine and allopathic doctors. The IMA demanded an apology from him within 15 days, unless which it said it will seek Rs 1,000 crore compensation from the yoga televangelist.
The six-page notice was served on behalf of IMA (Uttarakhand) secretary Ajay Khanna through his lawyer Neeraj Pandey. The notice describes the statements by Ramdev as damaging to the reputation of allopathy. A total of 2,000 practitioners are part of the association.
It termed the statements of the yoga televangelist a “criminal act” under section of 499 of the Indian Penal Code. The notice sought a written apology from him within 15 days of its receipt of it. It said a compensation of Rs 1,000 crore will be asked to cough up at the rate of Rs 50 lakh per member of the IMA, in case he failed to do so.
The notice has also directed the Patanjali supremo to prepare a video clip contradicting all his allegations and release it on the social media platforms where he had uploaded his earlier video accusing them.
It further demanded the yoga guru to withdraw a “misleading” Promotional campaign from all platforms that endorses “Coronil kit”, a product Patanjali, as an effective medicine for COVID-19. The IMA also threatened to slap an FIR and lodge a criminal case against him.