Top Court Strikes down the PIL For Charges over China for coronavirus spread as Biological Weapon and calls it a Publicity stunt and also junks plea on seeking addendum to NDMA regarding spreading sensitive information like 'Virgin Coconut Oil Dissolves Covid Virus'.
The Pinnacle Court today dismissed a plea alleging that China is rapidly spreading the COVID-19 virus as a biological weapon.
A bench comprising Justices SK Kaul and MM Sundresh dismissed a plea filed by a lawyer and said this was only a publicity stunt.
The top court rapped the petitioner for filing the PIL, and said, "Is it the court's job to see what is the international ramification, whether China is committing genocide or not?
Looking that it can't allow every person who thinks of some solution to COVID-19 to file a petition, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea alleging that China is deliberately spreading the virus as a biological weapon.
Meanwhile, In another prayer in the petition, the petitioner sought the court to pass directly to make certain addendums to NDMA, based on research claiming virgin coconut oil dissolves the virus based on a claim that a respectable scientist who had conducted research on a solution for Covid-19, claims virgin coconut oil dissolves the virus. "We cannot let every person who thinks he has a solution to the virus to come up in a petition under Article 32", said the bench. The petitioner had made the prime minister and others as respondents in the petition.
The petitioner Krishnaswamy Dhanabalan, who claimed to be an advocate enrolled with the Karnataka Bar Council, also sought the top court's intervention to direct the Centre to take action against China for spreading Covid-19, as a biological weapon. The bench said: “To say the least, this is misconceived...as it is for the elected government to take action if any action has to be taken…”
The bench said at the beginning of the hearing, the bench told the lawyer, “What kind of petition is this? You are a lawyer; you say that India has some right to control China…What is going on?” After a brief hearing in the matter.
Finally Dismissing the plea, the bench said it was convinced that the petitioner was pulling off a publicity stunt by filing such a petition, however, it allowed the petitioner to make suggestions before the concerned authority. “Nothing had prevented him from making suggestions to the appropriate authority…,” noted the bench.
At last, bench opined that the Petitioner was appearing before the top Court simply for publicity.