The Supreme Court today dismissed the PIL filed by a Madurai resident praying for a direction to the Indian government to approach ICJ seeking compensation from China over COVID-19 being allegedly used as a bioweapon.
The Bench of CJI SA Bobde with Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and AS Bopanna took up the plea for hearing via video conferencing today but refused to entertain the same.
The Court, while dismissing the PIL however, granted liberty to the petitioner to make a representation before the government.
The petition was drawn by Advocate C.R.Jaya Sukin and filed by Advocate Narender Kumar Verma.
The petition stated,
“…the International Court of Justice has no Jurisdiction to deal with Petition from individuals, only states can file the Petition. Article 93 (1) of the United Nations charter says all members of the United Nations are ipso facto parties to the statute of International Court of Justice but the same does not apply for a common citizen.”
China’s claims that a virus cannot be manmade is a statement that is misleading not only India but also the rest of the world, the petitioner added. China is purposely misleading the world, according to this Madurai based petitioner.
Owing to these factors, the petitioner had sought Court’s intervention in directing the government of India to take China to the International Court of Justice seeking a compensation of $600 billion.
Read the petition here: