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Kerala High Court rejects Plea seeking removal of PM Modi pic from vaccination certificate

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Shivani Gadhavi

Published On: December 21, 2021 at 20:09 IST

The Kerala High Court dismissed off a Plea that sought removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photograph from the Covid-19 vaccination certificate. The Kerala High Court also imposed a cost of INR 1 Lakh on the Petitioner.

Justice P.V. Kunhikrishnan stated, “According to my opinion, this is a frivolous petition filed with ulterior motives and I have a strong doubt that there is political agenda also to the petitioner. According to me, this is a publicity-oriented litigation. Therefore, this is a fit case that is to be dismissed with a heavy cost.”

The Petitioner, Peter Myaliparampli, a senior citizen of India who is an activist for Right to Information had filed the petition in the Kerala High Court stating that the photograph of the Prime Minister on the vaccination certificate is a violation of his fundamental rights.

The Counsel for the Petitioner, Ajit Joy argued that as the Petitioner paid for the vaccination certificate, it is his private property and because of that the Government has no right to take credit for it by pasting a photograph of the Prime Minister on it.

The Court in a previous hearing of the case had stated, “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.”