New Delhi, 25 October
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking a direction to stop the mass COVID-19 vaccination of Covishield and Covaxin till all phases of clinical trials are completed. , adding that it is important to protect the population and there should be no doubt about it.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna declined to entertain a plea challenging the May 26 order of the Karnataka High Court dismissing the plea of ex-serviceman Mathew Thomas.
The bench said, “The High Court is right to dismiss the petition. Let us not doubt the vaccination process. This is the key to the safety of the population. We do not want the petition to be debated. Even issuing notice on this appeal would be a matter of great mischief.”
The bench further said that the country has passed through a very critical phase during the pandemic and India is not the only country where vaccination is going on.
“We are not inclined to entertain the special leave petition under Article 136 of the Constitution of India. The special leave petition is accordingly dismissed,” the bench ordered.
Initially, advocate Nitin AM, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that allowing mass vaccination without completing clinical trials is a violation of rules and administration of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines is harmful and illegal.
The high court had on May 26 dismissed the PIL by Thomas and two others and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the co-petitioners for making the payment within a month.
The petitioners had argued before the High Court that it is not clear under which law the central government has allowed immunization of the population through the COVID-19 vaccines—CoVShield and Covaxin—without completing clinical trials. . — PTI