Kerala High Court asks a man “Why are you ashamed of PM’s image on Vaccine Certificate?”

Kerala High Court

The Kerala High Court, on Monday, questioned the credibility of a plea filed by a man challenging the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Vaccine Certificate. 

Questioning the credibility of a plea filed by a man objecting to the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Vaccine Certificate, the Kerala High Court, on Monday asked the petitioner “What is your problem with Prime Minister’s name and photo on the Vaccine Certificate?”

Justice P.V. Kunhikrishnan, hearing the matter observed that: “He is our Prime Minister, not the Prime Minister of any other country. He came to power through our mandate. Merely because you have political differences, you cannot challenge this…Why are you ashamed of our PM? 100 crore people don’t seem to have an issue with this so why do you? Everyone has different political opinions, but he is still our prime minister. You are wasting judicial time.” The court repeatedly asked the petitioner that why is he ashamed of the Prime Minister. 

The petitioner’s lawyer Ajit Roy also argued that in other countries there is no such practice, upon which, the judge said “They are not proud of their PM, we are proud of ours. He became PM because of the mandate of the people. We have different political opinions but he is still our prime minister.”

The Kerala High Court was hearing a petition filed by a senior-citizen RTI activist who claims to have taken a paid Covid 19 vaccine from a private hospital after which he was given a vaccination certificate which had the picture of Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister along with a message that readout: “medicine and strict controls together India will defeat COVID-19”.

Ajit Roy, the lawyer appearing for the petitioner argued in the court the move goes against his Right to Free Speech including the right against compelled listening, protected by Article 19 of the Constitution of India. On the other hand, the respondent argued that there was no constitutional violation in the very first place and that the PIL (Public Interest Litigations) had no merit. 

The court, despite questioning the credibility of the plea state that it will go through all the minute details and decide the merits of the case.

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