Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking the removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photograph from the vaccination certificate of the Coronavirus. Not only that, but the court has also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the petitioner. The petitioner has told the high court that PM Modi's photo on the vaccination certificate is a violation of fundamental rights.
The Kerala High Court has dismissed the petition and said, 'The petitioner's appeal is 'trivial', 'politically motivated' and a petition for publicity interest.' Justice PV Kunhikrishnan has issued an order to petitioner Peter Mayaliparampil to pay the fine with the Kerala State Legal Services Authority within 6 weeks. The court said that in the event of non-payment of the fine within the stipulated period, KLSA is going to recover the amount from the petitioner's property by initiating revenue collection proceedings against him.
'Such trivial arguments waste judicial time'- Court: The court has said that it has issued a fine to tell people and society that such trivial arguments that waste judicial time are not going to be considered by the court. The court also said that the petitioner's objection to the PM's photograph and vaccination certificate on "morale-boosting his (PM Modi) message" is "not expected of any citizen of the country."
'Why is the PM ashamed?': Earlier, the Kerala High Court questioned the credibility of the petition. Hearing the petition, Justice PV Kunhikrishnan has told the petitioner, 'He (Modi) is our Prime Minister, not from any other country. He came to power from the mandate. Just because you have political differences, you are not going to challenge it. Why is our Prime Minister ashamed? If 100 crore people have no problem with it, why do you? You're wasting judicial time.'
Kerala High Court dismisses a petition challenging the photograph of PM Narendra Modi affixed on the COVID-19 vaccination certificates; imposes a fine of Rs 1 Lakh to be paid by the petitioner to the Kerala Legal Services Authority within 6 weeks. pic.twitter.com/NqNfI3g8QlANI (@ANI) December 21, 2021