Today, Supreme Court will hear a PIL for directions to the Union of India to file a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seeking for 600 billion US dollars in damages from the People’s Republic of China for spreading the COVID-19 pandemic.
Petitioner stated that the People’s Republic of China has deliberately created a biological weapon against India to be leaked into public places in order to kill Indian people and destroy the Indian economy
Plea also refers to the miseries of migrant workers, who were stranded and suffered starvation, loss of jobs, lack of shelter and security, thereby leaving them effectively trapped in a dire situation. Lakhs of people had also been forced to walk for miles to reach home due to the lockdown which had been imposed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The disastrous impact on the economy due to the national lockdown has been discussed in the plea, with the assumption that the number of poor people who are below the poverty line will increase.
The petition also raises the issue as to how the virus, despite originating in Wuhan, China, has not spread to other Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wenzhou, but has managed to travel thousands of kilometres to India and other countries. This allegedly sheds a light on the credibility of the virus spreading from bats. Therefore, claims by China on how the virus cannot be manmade have been stated in the plea to be a big lie meant to mislead India and other countries.
Apropos of the reason to file the petition in the Supreme Court, the petitioner claimed that since a citizen cannot move the International Court of Justice and only countries can approach it, he has filed the PIL in the top court of the country.