Plea to remove PM's pic from vax certificate dismissed

Plea to remove PM's pic from vax certificate dismissed
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One-liner: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photograph from Covid vaccination certificates and imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the petitioner.

Frivolous petition: It also termed the petition as frivolous, being politically motivated and a publicity interest litigation.

  • The judge directed the petitioner -- Peter Myaliparampil -- to deposit the cost in favour of the Kerala State Legal Services Authority (KeLSA) within six weeks
  • The court said in case of failure to deposit the cost within the stipulated period, KeLSA shall recover the amount from his assets by initiating revenue recovery proceedings against him

Why the cost: It said the cost was being imposed to let people and the society know that frivolous plea like this which waste judicial time will not be entertained by the court.

  • The court had previously observed what was wrong in Covid vaccination certificates carrying the photograph of the Prime Minister when he was elected to power by the people of the country

Need to know: The petitioner had contended that the certificate was a private space with personal details on record and therefore, it was inappropriate to intrude into the privacy of an individual.

  • He had contended that adding the Prime Minister's photo to the certificate was an intrusion into an individual's private space

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