[FIRs Against Baba Ramdev] Supreme Court Takes Note Of Compliance With Last Order; Posts The Matter For Hearing Next Week

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Supreme Court on Tuesday, while hearing plea seeking quashing of FIR against Baba Ramdev for this alleged remarks against allopathy, took note of compliance with the previous order which directed to file original transcripts.

A Full Judge bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice Hrishikesh Roy, while posting the matter next week, said

“Yesterday night we got bulky documents of files and CDs"

Senior Advocate(s) Mukul Rohatgi, Rajiv Datta appeared for today's hearing. 

In the last hearing, Court issued directions to produce original transcripts of the video and clarification note issued by Baba Ramdev, for his alleged remarks against effectiveness of allopathic medicines in contrast to Ayurveda.

Ramdev has moved to the Top Court seeking stay of proceedings in FIRs lodged against across India for his alleged remarks against effectiveness of allopathic treatments to cure Covid.

Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi earlier made a brief submission on how there was no intention to question allopathic treatment, seeking time to file the aforementioned documents.

“IMA has unleashed Civil and Criminal cases through different chapters. They filed a suit before the DHC. We filed a 32 petition because he has nothing against anybody”, said Rohatgi

Referring to certain precedents on a similar matter, it was added that this was also a case of public figure and the same rules should apply.

Further reference was made to the clarification note issued by Baba Ramdev upon which the Court called to produce the original transcripts.

“Everybody has a freedom of Speech Mi Lords”, Senior Counsel submitted.

On June 17, the Chhattisgarh police had registered an FIR him basis a complaint lodged by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), for allegedly spreading ‘false information’ about allopathic medicines used for the treatment of Covid-19.

IMA members Dr Rakesh Gupta, Dr Vikas Agrawal, Dr Asha Jain and others filed the complaint at Civil Lines police station against Baba Ramdev, accusing him of publishing misleading and threatening remarks on social media.

The doctors have claimed Ramdev’s statement was misleading and was an attempt to put peoples’ lives at risk.

It has also been alleged that from tarnishing the reputation of medicos, Ramdev has “questioned the efficacy of vaccination”.

Baba Ramdev has been booked under Sections 188, 269, 504 of the IPC and provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005. Stay has been sought on the proceedings in FIRs lodged by Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Patna and Raipur and has prayed for a transfer of the FIRs to Delhi.

Case Title: Swami Ram Dev v. Union of India, WP (Crl.) 265 of 2021