Govt asked not to take action against Siddha docs
Madras HC bench granted an interim injunction against taking any action against members of Tamilnadu Siddha Medical Graduates Association and restrained police from interfering with their work for a period of four weeks.
Madurai: Madras High Court bench here today
granted an interim injunction against taking any action
against members of Tamilnadu Siddha Medical Graduates
Association and restrained police from interfering with their
work for a period of four weeks.
Passing the order, Justice M Jeyapaul also ordered issue
of notice returnable within four weeks to Kanyakumari Police
Superintendent and health department officials.
The Petitioner association alleged Police were resorting
to a "witch hunting" against the practioners of Indian system
of Medicine, accusing them falsely of practising Allopathy.
The association members, registered with Tamilnadu Board
of Indian Medicine system, with proper certificate were
entitled to Indian system of Medicine coupled with Scientific
Medicine including surgery, gynaecology, obstetrics,
anaestheolgoy and ENT based on the training for the members
during the course of study.
The Principal Health Secretary had issued a communication
to the Director General of Police seeking to give instructions
to the Police officers not to interfere with the functioning
of Registered Practioners of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and
Naturopathy who had registered with the Tamilnadu Board of
Indian Medincine system.
The Indian Medicine Central Council Act also had stated
that they were not entitled to practice exclusively Allopathy
medicine, but could practice respective system combined with
modern system in a scientific way.
The police have arrested around 200 persons for
prescribing allopathic drugs without basic medical degree
after the state wing of the Indian Medical Association (IMA)
submitted a list of nearly 2,000 quacks across the state.