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Baba Ramdev's Statement On US President Joe Biden Contracting Covid-19 May Affect India's Relations With Foreign Nations: Delhi High Court

Nupur Thapliyal
17 Aug 2022 12:58 PM GMT
Baba Ramdevs Statement On US President Joe Biden Contracting Covid-19 May Affect Indias Relations With Foreign Nations: Delhi High Court
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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent statement made by yoga guru Baba Ramdev on US President Joe Biden testing positive for COVID-19 even after taking the booster dose, thereby questioning the efficacy of allopathy.

"People are being named. It can have international consequences for our relations, country's relations with foreign countries….leaders are being named which will affect our good relations with foreign nations," Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani said orally.

The bench was hearing the suit moved by various doctors' associations alleging that Baba Ramdev was causing misrepresentation to the public at large by spreading misinformation, prompting people to not get hospitalised by saying that allopathy was responsible for Covid-19 deaths.

On August 4, Ramdev reportedly questioned the efficacy of allopathy against COVID-19 by saying that vaccination alone is not enough to protect people from the virus and that they must supplement the same with yoga and ayurveda.

According to media reports, Ramdev made the statement in reply to a question as to why US President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid even after taking the booster dose of the vaccine.

The Court asked Ramdev to refrain from saying anything more than what was official, while speaking in favour of Patanjali's product Coronil.

The matter will now be heard on August 23.

Full report of the hearing can be read here.

The plea was moved by the following associations: Three Resident Doctors Association of All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Rishikesh, Patna and Bhubaneswar; Association of Resident Doctors, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh; Resident Doctors Association Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College, Meerut; Telangana Junior Doctors Association, Hyderabad; Union of Resident Doctors of Punjab.

According to the plea, Baba Ramdev was creating doubts in the minds of people with respect to efficacy of not only allopathic treatment but also other Covid-19 vaccines.

Furthermore, it was averred that being an influential person, Ramdev's statements can influence the public at large and thereby divert them from opting allopathy treatment which is prescribed as a standard form of care even by the Government.

Case Title: Resident Doctors Association, AIIMS (Rishikesh) & Ors. v. Ram Kishan Yadav alias Swami Ramdev & Ors.

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