New Delhi, July 27: Dr Jagdish Prasad, a former Director General of Health Services, has moved Delhi court seeking directions to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to register an FIR and initiate a proper investigation regarding the spread of coronavirus in India that has resulted in a large-scale disturbance in normal life, lakhs of deaths and loss of income and property of thousands of people in the country and outside.
Dr Prasad said in his plea that it is clear that the virus, "which has its origins in China, has been deliberately, artificially created as a biological weapon, and spread as a biological weapon as part of a conspiracy" to cause substantial human and economic loss in India as well as the world.
The plea said that the normal life of every citizen of the country has been adversely affected and supplies and services, which are essential to the life of the community, have been severely disrupted for long stretches of time over the last year. COVID-19 Origin: US Senator Tom Cotton Slams China Over Hiding Coronavirus Facts, Says Beijing Destroyed Evidence.
"All this has been the result of a possible deliberate conspiracy by state and/or non-state actors in China, as part of a coordinated creation and transmission of the virus," the plea said.
The petition, moved through advocate Mahmood Pracha, has sought registration of FIR under section 156 (3) Cr PC and section 16 of the NIA Act. The plea said that though the intelligence agencies and agencies responsible for oversight of immigration into the country were aware of the risk associated with the virus, they did not issue any warnings, directions, or take any steps to control the spread of the virus in the early stages.
It said their role should be under scrutiny in the investigation. It said that the discovery of facts in the knowledge of several officials who have been involved in the management of the spread of COVID-19 in India may also be necessary.
Officials associated with the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), etc are material witnesses in the process of investigation, the plea said.
"In view of the nefarious, terrorist, expansionist, aggressive and animus behavior of China at the borders in North-East region of India, it would be very dangerous to not undertake a detailed investigation qua the origins and spread of the virus from China to India so that the entire truth in this regard can come out and the guilty are punished in accordance with various provisions of Indian laws," the petition noted. China Rejects WHO's Plan to Revisit Wuhan Lab Leak Theory For Investigating Origin of COVID-19.
It said that considering the tragic and extreme impact of the virus, including death, disease, and disability of thousands of people in India, and the drastic economic downturn and "considering the nature of the deliberate and malicious origin of the virus, offences including those under Sections 16, 17, 18, 18A, 18B, 23 etc. of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967" should be registered.
The plea said Section 14 of the Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act, 2005, and Sections 121/270/302/307/312/313/325/333/314 read with Sections 34/ 120B of the Indian Penal Code are made out.
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