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Oxygen Concentrators Prices Should Be Fixed to Prevent Black Marketing: Delhi High Court

Lawstreet Journal 15 May 2021 3:34am

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On Wednesday (12 May 2021), the Delhi High Court told the Center it was "high time" that the Maximum Retail Price of oxygen concentrators and other equipment in use for COVID treatment should be fixed to stop their hoarding and black marketing.

The High Court made the observation while giving a contempt notice to  people named in the cases recorded after May 2 regarding hoarding and black marketing of medicines and equipment needed for treating COVID-19.

A Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said the notice would be served to all accused through the police headquarters where the cases have been enlisted. It also stated the notification would likewise go to those people whose names were included in the 40 odd cases throughout the investigation.

Further, the conversation on the cost of the oxygen concentrators started after advocate Sanjeev Sagar, counsel for one of the applicants, Manish Chauhan, said public prosecutors and legal officials were unaware of the May 2 order of the bench. 

Chauhan, a resident of Delhi, was looking for court's directions to the government to announce medical and clinical equipment used for Covid treatment as essential things under the Essential Commodities Act.

Sagar told the court that a trial court has said that offenses can't be "made up" against such people and the alternative was to book them for contempt of court in case they are selling medications or equipment at higher rates.

The bench was shown media reports which states that the concerned trial court, while hearing the anticipatory bail documented… Continue Reading...


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