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An FIR has been registered in Raipur, Chhattisgarh against Baba Ramdev for spreading misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the complaint of the Indian Medical Assocation’s Chhattisgarh wing, a first information report (FIR) has been lodged against yoga guru Baba Ramdev for spreading misinformation during the pandemic. The FIR was filed in Raipur on Thursday.
The FIR alleges that Ramkrishna Yadav alias Baba Ramdev made irresponsible statements that endangered the lives of others, disturbed public peace and disobeyed administrative orders during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The FIR was registered by inspector RK Mishra, in-charge of the Civil Lines police station in Raipur. The complaint was filed by Dr Rakesh Gupta, president of IMA Chhattisgarh. It was filed on May 26 and said that Baba Ramdev was spreading false propaganda about the drugs recommended for Covid-19 treatment by the Indian Council of Medical Research.
The complaint further stated that such statements were being made at a time when the nation’s entire medical community was battling the pandemic along with the government.
In a video that circulated on social media in May, Baba Ramdev could be seen calling modern medicine a “stupid science”. He allegedly went on to say that medicines including remdesivir and fabiflu, approved by the Drugs Controller General of India, failed to treat Covid patients in India.
Baba Ramdev said that “lakhs of [Covid] patients died after taking allopathic medicines.” He also allegedly raised questions on the vaccination campaign.
Later, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan asked him to retract his statements and he did so. He also maintained that his comments were taken out of context.
But a day later, the yoga guru posed 25 questions to the IMA in an ‘open letter’ on his Twitter handle, asking if allopathy offered permanent relief for ailments such as hypertension and type-1 and 2 diabetes.
According to the police, any misleading information related to the pandemic that is circulated is prohibited and categorised as a punishable offence. Ramdev’s statements come under this purview, they said.
According to Additional Superintendent of Police Lakhan Patel, a case has been registered against Baba Ramdev under sections 186, 188, 269, 270, 504 and 505(1) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 51, 52 and 54 of the Disaster Management Act.
Courtesy : India Today