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Delhi High Court issues show-cause notice to Centre over failure to supply oxygen to Delhi as per the directions issued by the Supreme Court

Lawstreet Journal 6 May 2021 6:59pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Delhi High Court issues show-cause notice to Centre over failure to supply oxygen to Delhi as per the directions issued by the Supreme Court

The Delhi High Court taking note of the persisting failure of the Centre to supply oxygen to Delhi as has been directed by the Supreme Court in an earlier order, directed the presence of Central Government officers Sumita Dawra and Piyush Goyal, who are handling oxygen allocation to the states, tomorrow, to explain the cause of non-compliance of the Central Government to supply the directed quantity.

The division bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli on May 4th, 2021 issued a show-cause notice to the Centre as to its non-compliance of the order passed on April 30th, to rectify the oxygen deficit of Delhi on or before the midnight of May 3. The order was passed based on an assurance of the Solicitor General that the oxygen needs of Delhi will be met.

In a similar order passed by the Delhi High Court on May 1st,2021 in an emergency sitting, the court asked the Centre “Are you living in ivory towers? Where are you living? What you're saying is that because Delhi Government didn't raise the demand people should be allowed to die now? Is this what it's come to? You want to quibble while people are losing lives?”

Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra, the counsel for GNCTD informed the bench of the non-availability of not only oxygen, but of tankers as well for the supply and transport of oxygen. The amicus curiae, Senior Advocate Rajshekhar Rao, submitted issues with regards to the allocation of oxygen supply and connected… Continue Reading...


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