The Centre on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court docket on the Delhi Excessive Court docket’s contempt warning to it on the provision of oxygen in mild of the Covid-19 disaster. The court docket directed the Centre to indicate trigger as to why contempt not be initiated towards it for failing to adjust to the order on the availability of oxygen to the nationwide capital for treating Covid-19 sufferers.
A Supreme Court docket bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud and comprising MR Shah heard the matter as Chief Justice India NV Ramana requested the Supreme Court docket registry to position the papers on the matter earlier than this bench.
Solicitor Normal Tushar Mehra represented the Union authorities, whereas senior advocate Rahul Mehra appread on behalf of GNCTD. Mehta informed the Supreme Court docket, “The Centre and Delhi authorities are each making greatest efforts. This isn’t adversarial. Placing officers in jail is not going to guarantee oxygen provide. The Centre is getting ready a module for supplying oxygen to numerous states.”
The court docket requested the Centre, “Why are the orders of provide of oxygen to Delhi not been complied with?” To which, Mehta mentioned, “Demand for oxygen has steeply gone up. We’re diverting oxygen from all potential sources. Equitable distribution of oxygen is being ensured.”
Justice Chandrachud reiterated, “Effort needs to be to conform, we agree that placing officers in jail wouldn’t assist the scenario.”
The Delhi Excessive Court docket had requested state and centre officers to stay current in court docket for contempt proceedings since oxygen provide, as per Supreme Court docket order, was not met with.