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Tripura High Court Denies To Interfere in the Process of COVID-19 Vaccination

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Case: Tanjim Ahmed versus Union of India and Ors.


Tripura High Court trusted the policy derived by the government of India and believed there should be no interference from the side of the court. The decision is left on the wisdom of the court that how the citizens must be vaccinated.

Facts of the case

This is a Public Interest Litigation petition (PIL). The petitioner pleaded before the court to direct the State Government to include Judges, Judicial Staff, Lawyers, and Advocates’ clerks as frontline employees to give priority in administering Corona vaccines. In the policy of rolling out vaccines in a time-bound but phased manner, these people should have a precedent position.

Arguments on behalf of the Petitioner

The Appellant’s counsel stated that the concerned citizens being talked about, have worked even in these hard times for dispensing justice. Moreover, in the State of Tripura, the number of people who would qualify for such preferential distribution of vaccines would be very small. Of these, fewer people may opt for taking the vaccines.

Arguments on behalf of the Government

The Government of India believes that a separate class of this group should not be created as this will lead to discrimination for other professions who also worked in such conditions. It is not in the larger interest of the nation that the Government starts sub-classification based on profession, trade, or any other ground at this juncture.

Court’s opinion

The court opined that a limited number of qualified individuals who can choose to fill vacancies in the state on a priority basis cannot be the sole consideration. This is the policy of the Government of India, and it has all India repercussions. Also, the policy of giving vaccinations developed by the government is developed after due deliberations and in consultation with the experts. Any interference in this by the court should be minimum and at any point not without material cause or mature thinking. The government must be trusted to have due regards to all the citizens.

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