Prashant Bhushan and health activists approach Supreme Court against coercion for vaccination

Object to vaccination certificates being mandatory for availing services

Object to vaccination certificates being mandatory for availing services
Object to vaccination certificates being mandatory for availing services

Noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan and health activists have approached Supreme Court seeking guidelines for vaccination and said that coercing people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by imposing it as a condition for access to essential services, benefits is unconstitutional. The plea by Dr Jacob Puliyel, a former member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTGAI) through Prashant Bhushan, said that mandating vaccination for COVID, in any manner whatsoever, even by way of making it a precondition for accessing any benefits or services, is a violation of rights of citizens and unconstitutional.

“Coercing people to take the vaccines on pain of losing their jobs or access to essential services, which has begun to happen in many parts of the country, is a violation of the fundamental rights of people, especially in a situation where emergency approvals have been given to vaccines without full and adequate testing and without any transparency of the trial data and post-vaccination data,” the plea filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan said.

The petition pointed out that there is a lack of transparency in the data of clinical trials with regard to the vaccines.

The petition said that though the government many times reiterated that the vaccination is voluntary, many instances from across the country where now various authorities are mandating the vaccines. In this regard, reliance was placed on the Supreme Court judgment in KS Putaswamy vs. Union of India in which it was held that “right to ‘autonomy’ of the individual which can interchangeably be said to be her right to ‘self-determine’ when it comes to her health flows from Article 21 and is a facet of her right to privacy,” said the petition.

The plea also alleged that the vaccines currently being administered have not been adequately tested for safety or efficacy are now licensed under Emergency Use Authorisation without the data being disclosed to the public. “This is a clear violation of the basic norms of scientific disclosure and the guidelines with respect to the disclosure of clinical trial data, as laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and followed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). In India, the manner in which the vaccines have been licensed vitiates and even precludes the possibility that the vaccines can be evaluated objectively in the future,” said the petition pointing out the secrecies kept by Covishield and Covaxin producers in Indian.

“Many countries stopped administering the vaccine till they evaluated this occurrence and countries like Denmark have completely banned the use of AstraZeneca vaccine (branded as Covishield) in India,” pointed out the petition[1].

The petition pointed out that there is a lack of transparency in the data of clinical trials with regard to the vaccines. “The respondents have practised complete secrecy in the matter and have not disclosed nay data from trials for the vaccines that have been developed in India, Covaxin by Bharat Biotech or for the Covishield manufactured at the Serum Institute of India,” the petition said, demanding the need for authorities to carefully monitor vaccine recipients and publicly record all adverse events.

The petition has also sought directions to be issued to Central Drugs Control Organisation to disclose the detailed minutes of the meetings of the Subject Expert Committee and the NTGAI with regard to the vaccines as directed by the 59th Parliamentary Standing Committee Report and the members who constituted the committee for the purpose of each approval meeting.


[1] AstraZeneca vaccine: Denmark stops rollout completelyApr 14, 2021, BBC

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  1. We have no laws for antinational . Many lawyers can be fined and debar from practice when they fight cases for terrorist and criminals . Once they fight cases and lose they should lose license to practice . These are antinational activities .PIL to debar these lawyers will save millions of lives and national wealth .

  2. Constitution of India – should NOT be imposed on Indian citizens, they are free to choose their own individual constitution – Pakistan or China or America or Russia or North Korea….etc.
    It is illegal to impose Constitution of India on every individual.
    Reason against imposing Constitution of India on every individual – it has not given jobs, it has not given healthy air (i.e.a ir without oxygen in it), no foreign postings, no iPhones, Prime Minister only goes abroad all the time, ordinary citizens cannot go to Switzerland or USA for health treatment when all politicians get treatment freely at tax payer money, do not pay any tax but govt is imposing tax on me though i have 10 dependents to feed apart from some in Madarasas to feed.

  3. Hope some smart Attorney shuts this publicity seeking idiot Prashant Bhushan. why millions have taken vaccines in USA UK Germany Italy and other nations and have seen a decline in mortality rate USA has seen death rates come down to five hundred to six hundred a day when it used to be in thousands. No one should be forced to take vaccine and many who get an infection may recover if their immune status is good. elders with comorbid conditions will die and if they take vaccine chances of survival is more . Prashant Bhushan must be forced to give solid evidence to prove vaccines do not work. Indian vaccine is proved to be very effective and nations that received the vaccine want more ! people like Prashant Bhushan kejrival and congress want more people die so that they can blame ModiG and bjp for not saving people ! Hope some smart judge in courts tosses this man’sappeal to dust bin.

  4. When there are lot of corona cases in Rural area this time was while went for vaccination, many died after second jab. We are a country even phd behave like illeteres without understanding what is science what is not. Even many famous politicians just for photo taken dummy vaccine later fell sick. Why should it be mandatory? What is the credibility of vaccines? Corona it self was result of gain of function only good for US and Chinese vaccine big cos. Why not therapatics? In wave we didn’t have vaccine. And more it’s clearly biological bomb and govt shamelessly covers up and some idiots mislead keep on telling it’s mutating without any scientific answer though they spent entire as pioneers. It’s better to believe in traditional knowledge.

    Where was Dengue, chekengunea, Aids, Sars 30 years back? Now even there genetically modified Mosquitoes manufactured released openly. US vaccines are criminal conspiracy. Why do we need vaccine when a simple tablet can cure it?

    Our govt will never admit to Chinese bio bomb and other ass holes will continue to defend their pioneer research on their own shit with absolute no result.
    With lot of working people getting health insurance the so called psycho doctors and pioneers in medicine will not treat you without billing lakhs even for single sneeze. Corona is not only pandemic it’s also biggest business even by forcing people die by paying.
    I have seen most people getting bill of 10-15 lakhs else even body will not come out from hospitals. Even though patient can survive on 50 paisa tab they won’t prescribe. It’s battlle within out. We are more illeterate and ignorant and unscintific than our ancestors. But are good at mimicking west!

  5. Totally disagree with Prashant Bhushan’s anti-Vaccine propaganda. But there is a point. Govt can’t insist mandatory vaccine certificates for getting services in future or demand vaccine certificates for other kind of application processing.


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