The Gujarat High Court on Friday scrapped a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that challenged the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation circular issued on September 17 and has advised the AMC to effectively implement the rule of allowing only fully-vaccinated citizens in public places.
Nishant Prajapati, Nilesh Makwana, Jayesh Asari, Piyush Raghvani and Milind Joshi through their lawyer Aum Kotwal had challenged the circular mentioning that the municipal corporation cannot be selective in allowing people to the public places citing their vaccination status as vaccination in the country is not mandatory, in their PIL.
The PIL also referred to the examples of Meghalaya and Guwahati High Courts that scrapped similar rules. Rejecting their PIL the Gujarat HC said that nobody shall interfere with the Covid management by civic authorities, by approaching the HC.
Referring to the petitioners, while scrapping their PIL, Justice JB Pardiwala said that they are risking six crore Gujaratis with their petition. “What kind of people are they? It is unfortunate that your clients have approached the high court. We don’t want citizens of Gujarat to come up with flimsy petitions in the name of public interest. We expect all citizens to fully cooperate with the civic authorities in managing the Covid pandemic. We should not forget the nightmare people went through at the onset of the pandemic,” he added.
Along with this, the state High Court welcomed the actions taken by the AMC and has also recommended the effective implementation of the circular issued by them.