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IMA Uttarakhand sends ₹1,000-cr defamation notice to Ramdev, demands written apology

By Priyanka Verma 
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association,(IMA) Uttarakhand has sent a defamation notice of Rs 1,000 crore to yoga guru Ramdev following his remarks against allopathy doctors.

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In a strongly-worded letter, the IMA stated that if Ramdev doesn’t post a video countering the statements given by him and tender a written apology within the next 15 days, then a sum of Rs 1,000 crores will be demanded from him.

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On Monday, IMA state unit had sent a letter to the chief minister and chief secretary demanding a strict action against the yoga guru.

“In the letter, it is written that 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 that the statement is considered incorrect”, IMA state unit president Dr Ajay Khanna had said.

He added that the state government should take strict action against Ramdev immediately.

Ramdev withdrew his statements on allopathic medicine after receiving 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,” wrote Ramdev in his letter to the Union health minister in Hindi.

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IMA had also sent a legal notice to yoga guru Ramdev on Saturday over his alleged statements against allopathy and “defaming” scientific medicine. However, the Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust has denied allegations by the IMA that Ramdev has misled people by making “unlearned” statements against allopathy and defamed scientific medicine.

“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.

According to a Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust statement, Yog Guru Ramdev was reading out a WhatsApp forwarded message in the video that has gone viral on social media.

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