The Delhi high court has ordered the release of two months’ salary to a teacher who was unable to take any dose of the COVID-19 vaccination due to his medical conditions and was refused permission to take online classes.
Solicitor General Yogesh Khanna issued a notice on the plea filed by R.S. Bhargava’s “on leave” status will be lifted so that he can attend classes via virtual conferencing.
The plea also stated that he should be paid for the two months’ salary of December and January by the school.
The petitioner also said that an order has been passed by the Delhi government and the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to make vaccination compulsory for all teachers. But the petitioner could not take it due to medical health problems.
It was also noted that an exemption was given to the teacher by the Delhi government from taking a dose of the COVID vaccine because it was dangerous for his health to take the vaccination, but the school argued that the given exemption was illegal and against medical advice.
The court did not agree with the statement given by Advocate Shadan Farasat that the orders of the DDMA and the Delhi government applied to government schools only and not to private schools.
Later on, the court asked the petitioner to file the latest medical report, which was given as above-stated.
However, before passing any order, it would be appropriate to record the response(s) of all respondents, as well as the most recent medical developments on this issue, if any, and thus the petitioner herein is directed to file his most recent medical certification regarding whether it is safe for him to step outside his house and attend school, as well as whether he is entitled to an exemption from the rigorous of the DDMA/GNCT of Delhi to which it is subordinated.
The matter will be heard on March 8 for further proceedings.