The High Court of Bombay has granted bail to several people accused of participating in a fraud scheme to administer fake Covid vaccines. The people were arrested in 2021.
The accusations against them concern the establishment of vaccination camps using non-sealed vaccine vials and allegedly issuing fake vaccine certificates. Two of the convicted, a doctor and a pharmacist running an hospital involved in the organization of the camps, argued that they had received the vaccine vials from another one of the accused. With regard to such third person, the prosecution argued that he had acquired empty bottles of vaccines and filled them with another substance, before giving them to people.
The court, after noting that the procedure used by the police to retrieve the vials and submit them to testing could be considered as defective, pointed out that, while pending accusations are serious, the convicted people are respectable members of society and the risk of them escaping the trial are very low. Furthermore, all the evidence has been collected and classified so that the risks of alteration at the hands of the convicted are also minimal.
Therefore, the court decided to grant bail.