Kerala HC dismisses petition challenging PM Modi's photo on COVID-19 vaccine certificates, imposes Rs 1 Lakh fine
The plaintiff had moved the Union Government seeking a vaccination certificate without Modi’s photograph, but he did not get any response.
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging the photograph of PM Narendra Modi affixed on the COVID-19 vaccination certificates. The court imposed a fine of Rs 1 Lakh to be paid by the petitioner to the Kerala Legal Services Authority within six weeks.
The High Court observed while dismissing the petition that, reported news agency ANI, "The petition seems to be filed with political motives and publicity motivated petition. Therefore, it deserves to be dismissed with a heavy cost."
Last week, the petitioner, Peter Myaliparampil, had argued that he paid for two doses of vaccine, and therefore, the certificate was his private space. The plaintiff had moved the Union Government seeking a vaccination certificate without Modi’s photograph, but he did not get any response.
Amidst debate over necessity of PM Modi's pic on the vaccine certificate, the Centre previously defended its decision to include PM Modi' s photo in the vaccine certificate saying that his image and his words help create general awareness and Covid-appropriate behaviour.