SC refuses to interfere with Karnataka’s vaccine mandate to attend colleges

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere with a Karnataka government’s vaccination warrant for attending colleges, saying that in the broader national interest, there are certain issues we should not entertain.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant dismissed the plea challenging the Karnataka High Court’s order upholding the state government’s notification of July 16, 2021 which stated that teachers and non-teaching staff of students who had received a dose of vaccine could attend college.

The bench said, we will not accept this. Take your vaccines. In the broader national interest, there are some issues we shouldn’t be dealing with.

He told Barrister Anas Tanvir representing petitioner Sushma S Aradhya that the High Court order was passed on December 4, 2021 and how difficult it was to get vaccinated.

The lawyer said his belief is Ayurvedic and not allopathic and that he wears a mask and observes all COVID-appropriate behaviors.

There can be no vaccination mandate to attend college, he said.

The bench said to the attorney, Sorry, we won’t accept this. Take your vaccine.

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