Baba Ramdev shouldn’t criticise different methods of drugs: Supreme Court
While stating that Baba Ramdev has popularised Yoga, Chief Justice NV Ramana heading a Supreme Court bench Tuesday, nonetheless, questioned why he ought to criticise different methods of drugs and added “it is better he must restrain (from) accusing the other systems”.
“He can tell greatness about his system. Why should he accuse all the doctors, allopathy, every system of medicine… Ultimately, we respect him. He popularised Yoga. We all used to go to his programmes and watch Yoga. But he should not criticise the other systems. What is the guarantee that the Ayurveda or whatever system he is following will cure all the diseases? And the type of advertisements, accusing all the doctors, as if they are killers…” the CJI mentioned.
The bench additionally comprising Justices Hima Kohli and CT Ravi Kumar was listening to a plea by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) accusing Ramdev of finishing up a smear marketing campaign towards trendy medication and vaccination.
The IMA plea cited commercials issued by Ramdev in nationwide dailies allegedly criticising allopathy.
Appearing for the IMA, advocate Prabhas Bajaj referred to a few of them and mentioned “and it (advertisements) say you will become blind, you will have life-long problems from allopathy, your bones will weaken…”
The CJI responded “that’s a different issue, but he can’t abuse the doctors and the systems… It is better he must restrain accusing the other systems”. The courtroom then proceeded to concern discover to the Union authorities.
Bajaj mentioned that apart from “disparaging statements” about allopathy, the commercials additionally make claims about analysis and evidence-based medication for blood stress and sugar, amongst others. He submitted that the contents of the commercials is “seriously affecting the harmony of all the systems”. Alleging that “all of this is being done only for commercial purposes”, he added that the general public is being misguided due to it.
The counsel added that there are central enactments which say such deceptive claims are a legal offence, however no motion is taken.
Justice Ravi Kumar requested the counsel if he was saying all that’s being claimed is quackery. “After going through this, it appears you are describing this as a quackery,” he mentioned.
“Absolutely My Lord,” responded the counsel.
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