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Kerala High Court calls petition to remove PM Modi’s photo dangerous

BP World Bureau | Nov 03 2021 10:55:35 AM
Kerala High Court

The Kerala High Court, after hearing the petition filed by Peter Myaliparambil, said that the order to pull out the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Covid-19 vaccination certificates is a threatening proposal.

Justice N Nagaresh further clarified that if someone were to approach the court asking to remove the photograph of Mahatma Gandhi from the currency notes, they would not be able to do that, as it is their sweat and blood, and they did not want the national leader’s face on the currencies. He questioned what would happen if that were to happen.

Advocate Ajit Joy, who represented Peter Myaliparambil, presented that the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi was printed on currency notes as per the regulations of the Reserve Bank of India but the prime minister’s picture was not secured on the vaccination certificates as per any statutory provision. As the Central government has sought time to file an affidavit informing their stance, the court has kept the case for hearing on November 23.

In the meantime, another bench of the Kerala HC on Tuesday said the Centre’s vaccination scheme has created two classes of citizens — those who received Covaxin and those who received Covishield.

People inoculated with the Covishield vaccine can travel anywhere but those who took Covaxin is being restricted. The Court was considering the plea of a man who got the shot of Covaxin and sought a court directive to get a third dose of the vaccine that is approved globally that can help him travel to Saudi Arabia for employment.