Baba Ramdev has been sent a Rs 1000 crore defamation notice for remarks on allopathy.
IMA has accused him of defaming allopathy and modern scientific medicines and their use in treating COVID-19.
The defamation notice to Yoga guru Ramdev has been issued by the Uttarakhand chapter of the IMA – the apex body of Indian doctors.
The IMA notices states, if Ramdev doesn't post a video countering the statements given by him and a written apology within the next 15 days, then a sum of Rs 1,000 crore will be demanded from him.
IMA had earlier raised strong objections to Baba Ramdev's controversial remarks and demanded strict action against him.
Dr. Ajay Khanna, President of, IMA state unit, said that a letter has been sent to the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary in this regard.
"In the letter, it is mentioned there is a lot of resentment among the IMA doctors against the statement of Baba Ramdev. The Union Health Minister has also sent a notice to Ramdev on the same stating the statement is considered incorrect", Dr. Khanna said.
"In addition to a defamation case will be filed soon, an FIR will also be lodged, if the government did not take concrete action on the same", he said. After courting the controversy, Baba Ramdev has withdrawn his statements on allopathic medicine. He has also received a strong-worded letter from Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan who called his remarks "inappropriate".
"We do not oppose modern medical science and allopathy. We believe that allopathy has shown immense progress in surgery and the lifesaving system and served humanity. My statement has been quoted as part of a WhatsApp message that I was reading during a meeting of volunteers. I am sorry if it has hurt anyone`s sentiment," Ramdev mentioned in his letter to the Union Health Minister in Hindi.
"IMA brings to the notice of our Health Minister, a video circulating in social media portraying, the celebrated Yoga Guruji saying that ‘modern allopathy Ek Aisi stupid aur diwaliya science hai’ (modern allopathy is a stupid and failed science)," the association said in its statement.
In Ramdev's defense, the Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust said, Yoga Guru was reading out a WhatsApp forwarded message in the video that has gone viral on social media.