June 2, 2023

The Bombay High Court stated the state authorities should not take such incidents evenly (File)


The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra authorities and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to type a coverage on an “SOS basis” to keep away from incidents of frauds or pretend vaccination drives.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni took cognisance of stories stories of 1 such incident at a housing society in Mumbai’s Kandivali space the place residents had been inoculated with pretend anti-COVID vaccines at a camp organised by the housing society.

The court docket stated the state or municipal authorities have to be part of, or have info of all such personal vaccination camps being organised by housing societies and places of work to make sure residents don’t undergo. The bench additionally directed the state authorities to submit the progress report on the police investigation being carried out into the incident by June 24.

“There has to be a policy. Some intimation or communication among housing societies, hospitals, civic body, so that such incidents do not happen,” the HC stated. “What is the most unfortunate thing here is that when the whole humanity is suffering, some people are still playing frauds of this kind,” it stated.

The HC stated the state authorities should not take such incidents evenly, and requested if the fraudsters had been being booked underneath stringent provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, or the Disaster administration Act. “See to it that the investigation is not delayed. Tell us what is the progress of the investigation. These are serious issues. Fraudsters are playing with the lives of innocent people,” the HC stated.

“The state and the BMC must come up with a policy or guidelines on an SOS basis for private vaccination camps to avoid similar incidents in future,” it stated.

The court docket made the observations whereas listening to a PIL filed by lawyer Anita Shekhar Castellino on issues confronted by residents in securing vaccination slots. It additionally took observe of comparable incidents of fraud, talked about within the PIL, that had taken place at one other housing society in suburban Borivali and a movie manufacturing home within the western suburbs.

The court docket stated police should unearth the racket of such frauds. State’s counsel Deepak Thakare instructed the HC that there have been 5 individuals accused within the Kandivali incident. Out of them, 4 had been arrested and an accused physician was on run. The HC stated the police must take steps to arrest all accused individuals. It will hear the plea additional on June 24.

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