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Delhi High Court: Heard Plea of teacher seeking exemption from Covid-19 Vaccine

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Shivani Gadhavi

Published On: February 06, 2022 at 14:26 IST

The Delhi High Court on February 02, 2022 heard a Plea of a Delhi-based teacher who sought an exemption from getting the vaccination for Corona Virus, stating that the vaccination might escalate a medical condition that he is suffering from.

The Delhi High Court Single-Judge Bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna was hearing a Petition filed by one R S Bhargava, a Delhi-based teacher, who is suffering from Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma.

The Counsel for the Petitioner comprising of Advocates Tishampati Sen and Riddhi Sancheti, stated that earlier an exemption was granted to the Petitioner from getting the vaccination, by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD). However, the exemption was withdrawn via a circular of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).

In vide of orders of the Respondents (GNCTD and DDMA) it was made compulsory for every teacher to be 100% vaccinated against Covid-19. The Petitioner was denied to take even online classes due to not being vaccinated.

The Counsel for the District Disaster Management Authority argued that the order passed on October 29, 2021, which made it compulsory for teachers to be 100% vaccinated, was for the teachers of Government schools and not private schools.

The Delhi High Court in light of all the facts and observations made, stated that, “before passing any order it would be appropriate to take on record the response(s) of all the respondents and of course, the latest medical developments if any.”

The Single-Judge Bench Ordered that, “Let the latest medical report be filed by the petitioner in terms of above and the counter affidavit(s) be also filed within two weeks from today by the respondents with an advance copy to the learned counsel for the petitioner.” The matter has been listed for March 8, 2022.