Fact Check: Bill Gates NOT Charged With Murder In India For COVID-19 Vaccine Death -- It's A Lawsuit Filed By A Private Citizen

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk

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Fact Check: Bill Gates NOT Charged With Murder In India For COVID-19 Vaccine Death -- It's A Lawsuit Filed By A Private Citizen Not Prosecuted

Is Bill Gates charged with murder in India's High Court for an alleged COVID-19-vaccine-caused death? No, that's not true: A $134 million lawsuit has been filed against Gates and others in India but it was done so by a private citizen who claims her son died after adverse effects from a COVID-19 vaccine. This is not a case filed by a prosecutor.

The claim appeared in an article published by Vaccine Impact on November 26, 2021, titled "Bill Gates Charged with Murder for COVID-19 Vaccine Death in India's High Court - Death Penalty Sought - Vaccine Impact" (archived here) which opened:

The Indian Bar Association is reporting that murder charges have been filed in India's High Court against two billionaires responsible for the AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield, for the murder of a 23-year-old man who was injected with the shot. The two named defendants are Bill Gates, and Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII), reportedly the world's largest vaccine maker.

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Bill Gates Charged with Murder for COVID-19 Vaccine Death in India's High Court - Death Penalty Sought - Vaccine Impact

The Indian Bar Association is reporting that murder charges have been filed in India's High Court against two billionaires responsible for the AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield, for the murder of a 23-year-old man who was injected with the shot. The two named defendants are Bill Gates, and Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII), reportedly the world's largest vaccine maker.

This lawsuit was not a case filed by prosecutors against Gates and therefore will not result in a criminal trial against the Microsoft founder for murder charges that could carry a potential death penalty outcome.

The lawsuit was filed by a woman who claimed her son died "due to side effects of vaccines." In the lawsuit she demanded Gates and Poonawall, the chief executive officer of Serum Institute of India, a pharmaceutical company that was responsible for producing the COVID-19 vaccine with support from Gates, be held responsible for her child's death.

According to the plantiff's documents:

Petitioner has sought prosecution of AstraZeneca's (Covishield) manufacturer Bill Gates, his partner Adar Poonawalla and other Government officials and leaders involved in the murder of a 23 year old man, who lost his life because of vaccination. The deceased took the Covishield vaccine by believing in the false narrative that the vaccine is completely safe and also owing to the compliance requirement set by the Railways that only double vaccinated people would be allowed to travel.

Also in the plaintiff's documents is this statement:

As per the expert opinion, considering the proofs of sterling nature, Bill Gates and Adar Poonawalla will get death penalty.

But the government has not filed murder charges against Gates and he is not, in late November 2021, facing a case with a death penalty punishment.

The Vaccine Impact article claims the Indian Bar Association reported on the lawsuit that was filed. The website is not the official legal bar association in India, which is the Bar Council of India.

The Indian Bar Association website reads that it is:

... an association of lawyers who are united in the cause of bringing in transparency and accountability in Indian judiciary. The members of IBA share the common zeal of working towards maintaining the Rule of Law, in which the judiciary has a pivotal role to replay.

The organization sued the World Health Organization in early 2021 for not allowing ivermectin to be used as treatment for COVID-19.

Lead Stories reached out to the Gates Foundation for comment, and will update this story if a response is received.

Updates:

  • 2021-12-09T22:31:58Z 2021-12-09T22:31:58Z
    Adds background about the Indian Bar Association.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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