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'Centre Has Special Responsibility Towards the Situation': Supreme Court on Oxygen shortages in the national capital

Lawstreet Journal 2 May 2021 2:27am

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On Friday (April 30, 2021), the Supreme Court requested the Centre to respond to a heightened demand for 700 metric tons of oxygen in the National City in order to treat Covid-19 patients. 

Justice D Y Chandrachud told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, "There is no ethnic Delhi, and Delhi represents the country. You have to push through forget that someone (Delhi) can't lift your oxygen, as you have to save lives. As the centre, you have a particular responsibility." 

The bench also informed the Delhi government's senior counsel Rahul Mehra, that it was not the time to bicker politically on the shortage of supply. 

"We have to send the message to the government's highest level that we do not want to lose lives in political struggle in this humanitarian crisis. During elections, politics can be and interact with the Centre," it stated.

While hearing a Suo Moto matter, the bench including Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra highlighted the matter of shortage of Oxygen Cylinders and said, "Delhi, like Goa, is non-industrial and cannot all be at the same board. The Centre was supposed to supply tankers." 

To this, Tushar Mehta stated before the bench, "Oxygen is not really available on the ground in Delhi. Like in Gujarat, you need to tell us the difference between now and the next day of the listening in the foreseeable future." 

The court said that their hearing on the issue of Suo Moto should change people's lives. In response, Tushar Mehta claimed that no country could expect a… Continue Reading...

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