On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court expressed displeasure regarding a series of vaccination frauds in Mumbai and asked the police to submit a status report about their investigation into such scams by Thursday.
The Court then asked the Maharashtra Government and BMC to inform them about the procedure about housing societies to ensure that fake vaccination drives don’t occur.
A Bench comprising Hon’ble Justice GS Kulkarni and Hon’ble Justice Dipankar Dutta observed that it was unimaginable during such a crisis; people committed fraud. Therefore, the Bench ordered that the Epidemic Disease Act and Disaster Management Act provisions be invoked against people involved in such scams.
These observations were made in a plea filed by lawyer and activist Siddharth Chandrashekhar about difficulties faced by senior citizens in getting vaccines.
The petitioner pointed out the fake vaccination camp held at Hiranandani Heritage Housing Society at Mumbai (Kandivali), where more than 390 members were vaccinated. The police arrested five people in connection to this case.
A reference was also made to the vaccination camp held at Tips Industries, where producer Ramesh Torani paid Rs. 1200 per shot for the vaccination of the employees; some employees did not receive vaccination certificates, while some were issued fraudulent certificates.
The Bench directed that such issues should be dealt with seriously and with utmost care. The Court asked BMC and State to put a system in place to check vaccines released to organisers of vaccine camps in places like schools, offices etc.
Counsel for BMC Senior Advocate submitted that police had started the investigation, and the BMC will take necessary steps.
Lastly, the Bench stated that there was an urgent need to develop guidelines and noted that such incidents are common in the western suburbs of Mumbai.