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Plea Against PM Photo On Vaccine Certificate Rejected With Rs 1 Lakh Fine

The petitioner had challenged PM Modi’s picture on vaccination certificates. (Reuters)

Thiruvananthapuram:

A petition to take away Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture from COVID-19 vaccination certificates was dismissed at this time with a Rs 1 lakh high quality by the Kerala Excessive Courtroom which termed the case “frivolous”, “politically motivated” and a “publicity curiosity litigation”.

“No one can say {that a} Prime Minister is a Congress Prime Minister or a BJP Prime Minister or the Prime Minister of any political get together. However as soon as a Prime Minister is elected as per the structure, he’s the Prime Minister of our nation and that put up must be the satisfaction of each citizen,” Justice PV Kunhikrishnan mentioned, in keeping with news company PTI.

“…They will differ on the insurance policies of the federal government and even the political stand of the Prime Minister. However the residents needn’t be ashamed to hold a vaccination certificates with the {photograph} of the Prime Minister with a morale boosting message, particularly on this pandemic scenario,” PTI quoted the choose as saying.

The petitioner should deposit the Rs 1 lakh high quality inside six weeks to the Kerala State Authorized Providers Authority (KeLSA) which shall get better the quantity by promoting off his property if he fails to deposit the high quality in time, the courtroom mentioned.

“There appears to be a political motive behind the petition. It isn’t a major petition… The motive behind the petition shouldn’t be about public good, however for publicity,” the courtroom mentioned.

“When critical instances are piling up in courtroom, can not encourage such pointless petitions,” it added.

The petition had been filed by Proper to Info (RTI) activist Peter Myaliparampil, who mentioned that to have PM Modi’s image on the certificates when folks needed to pay for the vaccines at non-public hospitals, was a violation of basic rights.

He additionally contended that the certificates was “a personal house” with private particulars on report and due to this fact, it was inappropriate to intrude into the privateness of a person.

Whereas listening to the case, the courtroom had discovered no fault with COVID-19 vaccination certificates carrying the {photograph} of the Prime Minister.

“Why are you ashamed of the Prime Minister? He got here to energy by means of the mandate of the folks…we might have completely different political beliefs, however he’s nonetheless our PM,” the courtroom had mentioned, in keeping with PTI.

“They is probably not pleased with their PMs, we’re pleased with our PM,” PTI quoted him as saying when advised no different nation had photos of their political leaders on vaccine certificates.

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