Light of the recent issue regarding the shortage of oxygen supply at the hospitals in Delhi led the Delhi High Court to escalate the matter to the Central Government. The Delhi HC ordered the Central Government to take strict measures to ensure the fair allocation of an oxygen cylinder to the Capital. The matter made out by a Bench consisting of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, during yesterday’s hearing, informed regarding the order passed by the Centre towards allocating 480 metric tonnes of oxygen to Delhi. SG Mehta, as of today, stated that the Union Home Ministry gave the order following the provisions of the Disaster Management Act to transport and supply medical oxygen to the Capital.
The order, in short, read that there would be scrutiny if there is non-compliance since many lives are at stake. The court also threatened criminal action if the order has not complied. With this, the court has shown that the SC took Suo Motu cognizance of the Covid-19 crisis. Also, several other similar matters brought to the Apex Court.
The court’s response to this order went like the particular matter could not be adjourned till it goes up to the Supreme Court. This response was in light of the plea filed by the Max Hospitals pointing at the shortage of oxygen. Lastly, the Saroj Super Speciality Hospital located in Rohini moved the Delhi HC today requesting the supply of oxygen.