Delhi High Court has issued a notice on the plea filed by Delhi Medical Association (DMA) against Baba Ramdev seeking a reply from him on alleged comments against allopathic medical care.
Delhi Medical Association's plea sought to restrain Baba Ramdev from spreading "false statements and information" about Patanjali's Coronil tablet, claimed to be a treatment for COVID-19.
The single-judge bench of Justice C Hari Shankar observed during the hearing that Baba Ramdev's comments were covered under 'Freedom of Speech and Expression' and said that the DMA, instead of filing a suit, should be busy finding remedies for the virus.
"Don't people have Freedom of Speech?" he questioned, adding "it is a public opinion". "If I feel that Homeopathy is fake, should homoeopathy practitioners file a suit against me?" he asked.
Defending his position, Advocate Rajiv Dutta representing Delhi Medical Association, said Baba Ramdev has a vast following and that people were falling prey to the "false claims" he is making.
"Baba Ramdev, during the pandemic, has declared allopathic care to be fake, and falsely claimed his medicines to be a cure for COVID-19," he said. His comments are discouraging people from getting vaccinated, hurting the lives and the inoculation drive in the process, Counsel Dutta added.
First Published: IST