Justice FM Ibrahim Kalifulla gave the ruling while closing a contempt application from Tamil Nadu Siddha Medical Colleges Association, represented by its president R Kumar, which sought to punish the DGP for her willful and wanton disobedience of the orders passed by the court on April 7, 2006.
The ruling runs contrary to a recent order delivered by another judge on a petition filed by two unani practitioners who sought similar relief. In February this year, Justice K K Sasidharan had held that practitioners of Indian system of medicines should not practise allopathy, and that there was nothing wrong if police take action against those who attempt to practice allopathy without valid qualification.
“If any action had been taken against such of those medical practitioners referred to above, it is needless to state that such action should be dropped forthwith pending further orders in the writ petition (pending before the High Court),” the judge said.
The ruling and observation followed the submission of advocate S Prabakaran that despite the April 2006 orders of the high court on the writ petition, many members of petitioner association were arrested between January 9, 2009 and June 12, 2010.
The 2006 order restrained the DGP and her subordinates from interfering with the professional practice of the members of the petitioner association, who held valid registration certificates issued by the Siddha Medical Council.