Ramdev challenges FIRs over his remarks on allopathy at SC
Yoga televangelist Ramdev has moved the Supreme Court to appeal for a stay on the police cases against him for his comments on allopathy and sought to club the FIRs across the country together and transfer them to Delhi.
Ramdev’s comments on the efficacy of allopathic medicines gained a controversial spotlight in May, drawing the ire of the medical fraternity, when the country was battling the second wave of Covid-19.
A controversy had erupted after he was heard questioning some of the medicines being used to treat the coronavirus infection and saying that "lakhs have died from taking allopathic medicines for Covid-19".
"Lakhs of people have died because of allopathic medicines, far more than those who died because they did not get treatment or oxygen," he was heard saying in a widely shared video. He even called allopathic medicines stupid, which angered doctors all over the country.
The remarks were met with vociferous protests, following which Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked him to withdraw the "extremely unfortunate" statement.
The next day, Ramdev was forced to withdraw a statement.
However, several doctors' associations across the country filed complaints against him with the police, based on which multiple cases were lodged.
In a U-turn, however, the yoga guru earlier this month called doctors the "envoys of God" and vowed to get vaccinated, while urging others to do the same.