People wait to refill medical oxygen cylinders for Covid-19 coronavirus sufferers, in Delhi
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday asserted that the Centre has to make sure provide of 700 MT of oxygen to Delhi each day till additional instructions from the court docket, and made it clear it won’t be shy of taking coercive motion in case of non-compliance of its order.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah stated its order to allocate 700 MT oxygen was not for someday and provide of that stage needed to be maintained each day.
“We want 700 MT to be supplied to Delhi on a daily basis. It is not that our order was for supply of 700 MT only for a day but it is for everyday,” the bench stated when the Delhi authorities’s counsel, senior advocate Rahul Mehra, informed the bench that Delhi acquired 537 MT oxygen until midnight and one other 89 MT until 9am on Friday.
Taking observe of his submission, the bench informed solicitor normal Tushar Mehta, “Please do not drive us to a situation when we have to take coercive action. We want 700 MT not only for a day but everyday. We mean business and you have to supply 700 MT.”
While staying contempt proceedings initiated by the Delhi High Court in opposition to the Centre and its senior bureaucrats over provide of medical oxygen to Delhi, the apex court docket on Wednesday directed the Centre to make sure provide of 700 MT of oxygen to the town.
Agreeing with the Centre’s submission that the difficulty required a pan-India strategy and no state ought to be equipped oxygen from the share allotted to others, the bench had stated, “However, the ground situation in Delhi, where people are running from hospital to hospital to find an oxygen bed, has to be addressed. And we have already passed an order asking the Centre to maintain supply of 700 MT of oxygen till May 10, when we will review the requirement after hearing all sides.”