The Supreme Court said that it cannot direct for use of traditional knowledge or home remedies as a cure of COVID-19 for the whole of the country and dismissed a plea seeking direction for use of ‘Red Ant Chutney’ as the cure for the deadly virus.
“You see there is a lot of traditional knowledge, even in our homes we have traditional knowledge. These remedies you can have for your own consumption facing the consequence if any on yourself but we cannot ask for applying this traditional knowledge across the country,” a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and Hima Kohli said.
Asking petitioner Nayadhar Padhial, a member of the tribal community of Odisha to get vaccinated for COVID, the bench dismissed the plea.
Advocate Anirudha Sanganeria, appearing for the petitioner, said that the Orissa High Court dismissed the plea and they have challenged the order.
The bench said, “The problem started with the High Court directing the director-general of Ayush ministry and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to take within three months a decision on a proposal to use red ant chutney as a remedy for COVID-19. We want to put an end to it.”
It said, “We are not inclined to entertain the Special Leave Petition under Article 136 of the Constitution. The Special Leave Petition is accordingly dismissed.”
The petition said Red ant chutney, a mixture of red ants and green chilies, is traditionally considered as a medicine in the tribal belts of the country including Odisha and Chhattisgarh for a cure of flu, cough, common cold, fatigue, breathing problems and other ailments.
The petitioner claimed that the ‘Red Ant Chutney’ has a medicinal value as it contains formic acid, protein, calcium, Vitamin B12 and Zinc and its efficacy needs to be ascertained as a cure of COVID-19.
In his plea filed through Sanganeria, the petitioner said that he is a resident of Odisha and belongs to a tribal community, namely ‘Bathudi’ by caste and has moved the High Court on his sincere belief that the ‘Red Ant Chutney’ could be used effectively to boost the immunity system and would go a long way ahead to prevent the infection of COVID-19 virus.
Padhial said that on December 24, last year the high court had directed CSIR and the Ministry of AYUSH to evaluate the claims and subsequently after the representations were made to both authorities, the claim was rejected.
‘Constrained by the rejection of the representation without proper research and study, the Petitioner filed another Writ Petition before the High Court and prayed for referring the matter to another body of experts’, he said.
He said that the High Court rejected his plea while observing that since the CSIR and AYUSH Ministry have not preferred to recommend the claim of the Petitioner to another body of experts, the Court which is not an expert on this subject should not recommend it to the body of experts.
He contended that the High Court erred in law in not exercising its writ jurisdiction for evaluating a localized treatment when in a similar case; the Madras High Court had issued directions and appointed a body of experts for evaluating a localized treatment of COVID-19 in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Padhial said that the High Court erred in law to consider that Right to Health is guaranteed under the Constitution and it ought to have directed the Respondents to verify his claims especially when he had on record the immunity properties of the Red Ant Chutney through Scientific Peer-Reviewed Journals.
Accused In NC Leader Wazir’s Murder Case Was Inspired By Bollywood Film ‘Drishyam’
In a bizarre revelation, police in Delhi revealed on Thursday that the accused in the murder case of 67-year-old National Conference leader Trilochan Singh Wazir’ had been planning the crime for nearly three months. The police also found that the accused were “inspired” by the Bollywood film “Drishyam” and tried to mislead the police by planting fake evidence.
Elaborating on how it all happened, police said that Harpreet had called his classmate Chaudhary to Delhi from Mumbai on August 14, assuring him of the job of a taxi driver here.
On the directions of Harpreet, he left Delhi on September 1 from Basai Darapur and went to Punjab and switched off his mobile number and started using another number in Jammu, they said. On September 2, he collected Wazir’s luggage from his house in Jammu and left for Delhi. However, police said he switched on his number again in Punjab and came to Basai Darapur on September 3 via a taxi.
Chaudhary left the spot at around 11.30 am to collect his bag left in a taxi (as per their planning) and returned from the Kashmere Gate area at 5.30 pm, adding that he remained at the spot with others co-accused Harpreet, Harmeet, and Billa. He, along with Harpreet and Harmeet, went to the terrace and planned to kill Wazir.
Harpreet handed over one pistol to Harmeet. They came back, and Harmeet allegedly shot Wazir, who was already unconscious due to their sedatives, police said. With Harpreet and Harmeet, Chaudhary cleaned the blood from the spot and shifted the body to the washroom. After that, the police said they planned to dump the body at a metro station or IGI Airport and visited the places but couldn’t succeed in their plan.
A senior police officer said that the accused planned the murder over the past two to three months on the Bollywood movie “Drishyam” and created false evidence to mislead the police. The call detail records analysis revealed that Harpreet called several numbers in Jammu after September 3. One of the numbers was found registered in the name of Chaudhary’s mother, the officer said, adding that later, Rajinder was arrested from his in-law’s house on Tuesday.
During the investigation, it surfaced that in 1983, a triple murder took place in the Jammu area. First, one Kuldeep alias Pappi, who was Harpreet’s maternal uncle, was killed using swords.
A senior police officer said that Wazir was arrested in that incident and was lodged in jail for around three-and-a-half years.
The police said that facts are being verified, including whether Wazir’s murder was related to that incident.
Jammu: 3 bovine smuggling bids foiled, 3 arrested
On Thursday, a few locals rescued bovines from an oil tanker bearing number JK02AC9970 at Ban Toll Plaza, Nagrota, but the truck driver, along with two others, absconded from the site. Nagrota police have seized the truck and have registered a case.
In CCTV footage from Ban Toll Plaza, when the police tried to stop the truck, the truck driver to rescue from the site didn’t stop the truck and even tried to crush the police officials. However, a few locals rescued the bovine, but the smugglers absconded from the truck.
BJP celebrate Modi’s birthday, Congress protests as unemployment day in Srinagar
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday organized a special function to celebrate the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at party office in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, youth Congress celebrated the day as “ National unemployment Day” in Srinagar.
A BJP spokesman said here this evening that a function was organized at party headquarter in Srinagar in which senior party functionaries participated.
Senior party leader and spokesperson Dr Darakhshan Andrabi inaugurated a Photo Exhibition on Prime Minister. Large number of people participated in the programme.
Andrabi said India has witnessed corruption free governance because of Mr Modi after decades. “Prime Minister’s programmes and schemes are meant for weaker sections of society, deprived class of society, women, tribal population, farmers, labourers and youth. We are witnessing a peaceful terror-free environment not only in Jammu & Kashmir, but also throughout the country under his leadership, she said.
Andrabi futher said that historical decisions taken by PM have ended social discrimination, class-conflicts and lip-service appeasement and replaced with Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas & Sabka Vishvas.
She said we have been successful in creating an environment of transforming the future of India into a world power by seeing the Atamnirbhar Bharat mission in action at different levels showing great impact. In J&K, by scrapping of Article 370, we have seen the ailments of J&K getting cured slowly,” claimed Dr Andrabi.
Youth Congress activists today organized a protest rally at Press Enclave raising slogans against the unemployment, price rise of essentials and petrol and diesel.
- Accused In NC Leader Wazir’s Murder Case Was Inspired By Bollywood Film ‘Drishyam’ September 17, 2021
- Jammu: 3 bovine smuggling bids foiled, 3 arrested September 17, 2021
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