Appeal in Bombay HC seeks Z-plus security for SII CEO Adar Poonawalla | India News
Adar Poonawala (File photo)
MUMBAI: A petition filed in the Bombay High Court has sought Z-plus security for Adar Poonawalla, executive director of the Serum Institute of India (SII) that manufactures the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine.
The Union government has already granted category ‘Y’ security to the Pune-based industrialist.
Attorney Datta Mane, the petitioner, also requested instructions from the police to register FIR TREE and carry out an investigation into the alleged threat to Poonawalla from the vaccine supply.
If vaccine manufacturers feel unsafe, it could affect vaccine production, according to the petition, filed Wednesday.
“If Adar Poonawalla is out of India due to a threat to his life, then (his company) will be a ship in a storm without its captain,” the plea read.
Poonawalla had told The Times in a recent interview that he left for the UK due to threats and pressure from “powerful people” seeking priority vaccine doses.
Mane further said in the petition that he had approached the police commissioner, Pune and Maharashtra general director of police with complaint for alleged threat to the general director of the SII.
The higher court should order the police to search the FIR and ask the government to provide top-level security to Poonawalla, according to the petition.
It will appear for hearing in due course.