The Bombay High Court on Tuesday noted that there was a “government failure” to prevent unauthorized Covid vaccination campaigns and asked Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to inform it of the measures taken to verify what has been given to more than 2,000 victims from these camps and to vaccinate them with Covid vaccines.
The court also directed the Mumbai police to ensure that all the perpetrators, including the “big fish”, were taken into custody and a “honest attempt” was made to get to the root of the case.
Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Judge Girish S Kulkarni made the remarks while hearing the PIL filed by Mumbai-based Siddharth Chandrashekhar requesting court intervention on the issues encountered while booking slots on the CoWin portal. The petitioner also sought to give priority to the elderly.
On Tuesday, Prosecutor General Deepak Thakari, Mumbai Police, submitted a progress report on investigations and said that seven cases had been registered regarding the “mock” vaccination camps and 11 people had been taken into custody, while one accused, Dr. Manish Tripathi, surrendered to the police.
Please tell the police officers that there could be big fish, who have not been investigated. Nothing should be left out regardless of any color, and the probe should fit just right.”
The court also asked the BMC to inform it of the actions taken against 2,053 “deceived” people in the camps held between May 25 and June 6. “It appears to be a failure of the state. More than 2,000 people have been injected with fake hits, what do you do about them being vaccinated? Any tests needed to see what has been given should be done,” the High Commissioner said.
Senior advisor Anil Sakhar, who appeared at BMC, said the civilian body was trying to find what these victims had been injected with, and after that, it would approach hospitals or run antibody tests. He said, “The issue of vaccination certificates granted to them should be studied by the central government.”
Sakhar presented standard operating procedures for setting up vaccination camps in residential associations, commercial buildings, educational institutes, etc., and they will be published on Wednesday. The issue was posted for further hearing on 1 July.