Amid the ongoing oxygen crisis in Delhi during the Corona period, the central government on Sunday appealed to the Delhi High Court to amend the Saturday order of the High Court for contempt action for delay in oxygen supply. The court has sought a response from the Delhi government on the plea of the Center. The High Court is also hearing on Sunday on oxygen supply and related issues in hospitals of the capital.
The Central Government has demanded the High Court to withdraw the order which said that 4 pm metric tonnes of oxygen should be given to Delhi by 12 pm overnight, otherwise be prepared for contempt action. The Solicitor General urged the court to amend the order of yesterday’s High Court and remove at least part of the contempt from the order. On this, the High Court said that contempt is the last thing on the mind of the court.
The Center has said that the authorities are making a lot of efforts, such a command will reduce their morale. The Center said that Delhi did not make any arrangements for transporting the allocated oxygen instead of arranging some tankers. The Center has alleged in its petition that all the oxygen being supplied in Delhi is not being distributed and used judiciously and because of this there is a serious threat to the lives of the people. The Center also said that all the states including Delhi were clearly told that they would be responsible for the transportation and distribution of the allocated oxygen.
Solicitor General urges High Court to modify yesterday HC’s order, at least the contempt part.
High Court says contempt is the last thing in the mind of the Court
– ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
Senior advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi government, told the High Court that can the Center not give us 100 MT of oxygen, which the Center has allotted to Delhi?
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that he accepts the work being done by Delhi government officials as they too are working shoulder to shoulder and the country should be thankful to the central and state government officials. Mehta said that we have reservations about putting the responsibility on the Center. He said that there are many non-industrialized states in the country which are arranging oxygen tankers on their own. For this only the Delhi government needs some new thinking.
To this, Delhi government lawyer Rahul Mehra said that states are not using oxygen, doctors are using it, so neither I nor the Solicitor General are experts to say what the doctors should do.
FIRs should be lodged against hoarding and black marketing
At the same time, the High Court has also ordered the Delhi government to ensure that oxygen cylinders, flow meters and equipment used to treat corona patients and medicines are not sold at a price higher than MRP. The court said that a lawsuit should be filed against those selling equipment and medicines at a high price. The government should also file a case against hoarding and black marketing.