Karnataka High Court declines to hear plea against compulsory Covid jabs

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Karnataka High Court declines to hear plea against compulsory Covid jabs
IANS | Mehdi submitted that he has been vaccinated himself and he did not question the efficacy of it but is only contending that the order making vaccination compulsory for industries and hotel staff is incorrect.

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday dismissed the petition questioning the government’s decision of making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for the employees of industries and commercial establishments.

It also warned the petitioner not to misguide the public.

Petitioner, advocate Syed Shujath Mehdi, had filed the plea questioning the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) circular making the Covid-19 vaccine compulsory for employees of industries and commercial establishments.

The petition was taken up by the division bench headed by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Karnataka High Court who, after verifying the contents of the petition, opined that the petitioner is misguiding the public by filing a petition in this regard.

“You have taken vaccination and being an advocate, you can’t do this. You have to take back the petition otherwise we will be forced to impose heavy penalties and quash the petition,” the bench said.

Mehdi submitted that he has been vaccinated himself and he did not question the efficacy of it but is only contending that the order making vaccination compulsory for industries and hotel staff is incorrect.

The bench, however, said that the Covid vaccination campaign is being taken up with an objective of public health.

“If at all public is facing difficulty they will raise their voice. There is no public interest in your petition and it seems it is being submitted to gain publicity. If at all you want to withdraw the petition, the court will accept it. Otherwise, the court will have to impose heavy penalties and quash the petition,” the bench warned.

At this, Mehdi agreed to withdraw the petition and the court allowed him to do so.

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