Kerala HC rejects plea seeking to remove PM Modi’s image from vaccine certificates

Kerala HC rejects plea seeking to remove PM Modi’s image from vaccine certificates

The Kerala High Court has rejected the plea seeking to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image from vaccine certificates.

The petitioner, Peter Myaliparampil claimed that he is an RTI activist and one of the State Coordinators of the National Campaign for the People’s Right to Information (NCPRI). The petitioner also claims that he is an extension faculty of Kerala Institute of Local Administration and State Level master coach of the Jawaharlal Nehru Leadership Institute, New Delhi.

It is the case of the petitioner that he was desirous of taking a vaccination against the Covid 19 pandemic. Since the Government of Kerala came out with a Government Order prohibiting non- vaccinated persons from visiting public places, the petitioner decided to get vaccination immediately. 

On December 21, 2021, a single-judge of the High Court had dismissed the petition and imposed costs of Rs.1 lakh on the petitioner which is to be paid to the Kerala State Legal Services Authority within six weeks.

The single bench stated that thousands of convicted persons in criminal cases are in jail in our country waiting to hear their appeals. Thousands of people are waiting for a result in their matrimonial disputes. Thousands of people are waiting for the result of their property disputes. In such a situation, this Court has to consider those litigations as early as possible and this Court is doing that every day. In such a situation, when frivolous petitions are filed, that should be dismissed with a heavy cost.

There can be a direction to the petitioner to pay the cost within six weeks from today and the cost should be paid to the Kerala State Legal Services Authority (KELSA) which is doing a great job in the state of Kerala by helping the poor genuine litigants. If the amount is not paid by the petitioner, the KELSA should recover the same from the assets of the petitioner by taking appropriate steps through revenue recovery, single bench said.

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed the appeal preferred by an RTI Activist against the decision of a single-judge who had dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photograph from the Covid-19 vaccination certificate.

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