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Jammu and Kashmir Court denies anticipatory bail to accused for obstructing vaccination drive [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 7 Jul 2021 1:41am

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On 2.7.2021, Friday, a Jammu and Kashmir Court refused anticipatory release to a person accused of disseminating misinformation about COVID-19 vaccine and hindering the government’s immunisation programme, stating that giving him bail would be like “putting a value on his criminality.”

The Court remarked that a few rumour-mongers are serving as a major obstacle to the government's ambitious and arduous efforts to protect the public from the deadly COVID-19 virus through vaccination drives.

Concerning the claimed behaviour of the Accused, Principal Sessions Judge Tahir Khurshid Raina stated, “By propagating misinformation and disinformation campaign against the vaccine, the petitioner and their ilk are causing a lot of fear psychosis and uncertainty among the general public regarding the vaccination.”

“Such baseless and offensive conduct of the petitioner not only amounted to placing the life of the people in risk, who, if not immediately vaccinated, may succumb to the deadly virus,” the Court added, emphasising the probability of a catastrophic third wave and the need of vaccination.

The Court further stated that health professionals confront fierce resistance to vaccination, and are frequently assaulted, as a result of the misconceptions and falsehoods disseminated by persons like the petitioner. The petitioner's action not only thwarts the government's efforts to attain universal vaccination, but also jeopardises the health of a significant number of people, instilling doubt and cynicism about vaccination, particularly among those living in rural regions, according to the Court.

Background

The petitioner was accused of obstructing a vaccination programme led by Assistant Commissioner… Continue Reading...


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