New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has issued summons to yoga guru Ramdev on a plea accusing him of making statements against allopathic medicines and claiming Patanjali’s Coronil kit is a cure for COVID-19 but refused to restrain him at this stage saying the allopathic profession was not so fragile.
The high court however orally asked Ramdev’s counsel to tell him not to make any provocative statements.
“Mr Rajiv Nayar is a very respectable senior (advocate). I am sure his client will listen to him,” Justice C Hari Shankar said.
The high court issued summons to Ramdev on the suit filed by Delhi Medical Association (DMA) and asked him to file a response in three weeks and listed the matter for hearing on July 13.
“Considerable time has passed since the passing of allegedly injurious statements. The counsel says defendant no. 1 (Ramdev) continues to make a statement. No injunctive order can be given without giving an opportunity to the plaintiff, especially in view of the objections. Issue summons on the suit,” Justice Shankar said.
The court also issued summons to social media platforms Twitter and Facebook and Astha channel, who are made parties to the petition.
DMA, on behalf of its doctor members, submitted before the court that Ramdev”s statement affects as Coronil medicine does not cure coronavirus and it is misleading. It has claimed a token damage of Rs 1 from him.
The court said it cannot say as to whether Coronil is a cure or not and that it was something to be decided by medical experts.
“Ramdev is a person who doesn’t have faith in allopathy. He believes everything can be cured by Yoga and Ayurveda. He may be right or wrong,” he said.