Published: Monday 30 November 1998

The Supreme Court has debarred practitioners of Indian system of medicine like the vaids and hakims from practicing modern system of medicine such as allopathy. It further ruled that they cannot prescribe allopathic medicine. The court was responding to the assertion of Indira Jaising, an advocate, that Indian system of medicine can prescribe allopathic drug. The Supreme Court in its judgment stated: "We could not lay our hands on any provision in the said State Acts under which the right to practice any system of medicine is conferred on practioners of Indian medicine registered under those Acts."

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