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'Can’t allow court to become ground of recrimination between Centre and Delhi': Supreme Court over question of oxygen supply to the national capital

Lawstreet Journal 10 May 2021 10:31pm

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The Supreme Court said on Thursday (May 6, 2021) that it would not encourage the country's highest court to become a point of contention between the Centre and the Delhi government over the question of oxygen distribution and supply to the national capital.

Both Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, and senior advocate Rahul Mehra, representing the Delhi government, were warned by a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and M R Shah, who said everybody should work together. 

"We're making it clear that this isn't going to be a battle. We would not allow this constitutional court to be used as a point of contention between two governments. We would not tolerate any retaliation against the Delhi government or the central government. Everything we ask is for everybody to work together in a cooperative manner "Mehta and Mehra were informed by the bench.

Despite the top court's order, Mehra said that the Centre did not distribute the required amount of oxygen to Delhi, and that even on Thursday, the supply is not 700MT as per their estimates. He said that the Centre has sought to implicate the Delhi government in any affidavit filed in court, and that other states, such as Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, have been given more oxygen than their demands.

At the outset, Mehta told the bench that the Centre had complied with the top court's order, ensuring a supply of 730 MT of oxygen to Delhi on Wednesday (May 5, 2021) to treat Covid-19 patients instead of the 700 MT… Continue Reading...


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