Deaths due to oxygen shortage no less than genocide HC
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PRAYAGRAJ: Expressing its sturdy displeasure over loss of life of Covid sufferers allegedly as a result of scarcity of medical oxygen in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad excessive court docket on Tuesday mentioned the authorities liable for procurement and provide of the gasoline are committing prison acts which are “not less than a genocide”.
While listening to a suo motu PIL on media studies that Covid sufferers had died in Lucknow and Meerut as a result of lack of oxygen, a bench of Justice Siddhartha Varma and Justice Ajit Kumar mentioned: “We are at pain in observing that death of Covid patients just for non-supply of oxygen to the hospitals is a criminal act and not less than a genocide by those who have been entrusted the task to ensure continuous procurement and supply chain of the liquid medical oxygen.”
The district magistrates of Lucknow and Meerut are directed to inquire concerning the deaths of their districts inside 48 hours and submit studies on the following listening to, on May 7.
Amid allegations that Covid protocol was not adopted throughout the counting of votes within the panchayat polls within the state, the court docket additionally directed state election fee to supply CCTV footage of a number of counting centres by the following date of listening to. It mentioned in case the SEC itself finds clear violation of Covid protocol within the footage, it ought to provide you with an motion plan.
The bench additionally took discover of the loss of life of a sitting decide of the excessive court docket as a result of Covid-19 and noticed, “We have been knowledgeable that late Justice V K Srivastava was admitted initially within the morning of 23rd April, 2021 in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Lucknow however he was not taken care of until night and it was solely round 7.30 pm when his situation deteriorated that he was positioned on ventilator. It was on the identical evening that he was shifted to Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow, the place he was in ICU for 5 days and in the end succumbed to the an infection.”
The HC directed the state counsel to file an affidavit bringing on document the therapy given to late Justice VK Srivastava at RML Hospital and likewise to clarify why he was not taken instantly to SGPGIMS, Lucknow instantly on the morning of April 23.


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