Yoga guru Ramdev on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the proceedings in multiple cases lodged against him in various states over his alleged remarks on the efficacy of allopathy in the treatment of COVID-19. Ramdev has sought protection from coercive actions in FIRs lodged by Indian Medical Associations’ (IMA) Patna and Raipur branches, and transfer of FIRs to Delhi. He has also sought clubbing and consolidation of FIRs and stay of the proceedings.
Randev has been booked under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005.
In a video, Ramdev was allegedly heard saying, “Allopathy is a stupid science and medicines such as Remdesivir, Fabiflu, and other drugs approved by the Drugs Controller General of India have failed to treat COVID-19 patients.” His remarks caused massive outrage and the IMA sent over a legal notice to him.