The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued summons to yoga guru Ramdev on a case filed by the Delhi Medical Association seeking to restrain him from giving false information on Coronil, a product manufactured by his firm Patanjali Ayurved, Bar and Bench reported. Ramdev claims Coronil can cure the coronavirus disease in seven days, even though there is no firm scientific evidence to back his assertion.
A single-judge bench of Justice C Hari Shankar refused to restrain Ramdev from making statements against the use of allopathy and in favour of Coronil, as of yet. The judge said that Ramdev’s statements were his “opinion” and needs to be tested “on the anvil of Article 19(1)(a)”, which guarantees the fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression.
The judge, however, directed Ramdev’s counsel orally to ask the yoga guru not to make any such statements for three weeks, till the suit is listed for maintainability.
The petition filed by the Delhi Medical Association comes days after the Indian Medical Association on May 27 filed a police complaint against Ramdev, seeking an first information report against him for spreading “false and baseless” information about treatment of Covid-19 patients by approved methods and drugs.