‘System has failed’: HC slams Delhi govt over black marketing of oxygen | India News

NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Tuesday showed displeasure with the reports of black marketing of oxygen cylinders in the national capital.
The court slammed the AAP led-Delhi government saying its entire system has failed as black marketing of oxygen cylinders and crucial medicines for treating Covid-19 patients is going on. “This is a mess that you have been unable to resolve,” the court said.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital requires a minimum of 11,000 cubic metre liquid oxygen daily and has a consumption of 10,000 cubic meter per day, officials said.
A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli observed it was not the time to become vultures. “Are you aware of black marketing. Is it a good human gesture?”, the bench said to oxygen refillers.
The HC issued a contempt notice and asked the Delhi government to take action against erring cylinder dealers. The court also told the government to take black marketers in custody, saying “you have powers to take action.”

People gathered outside an oxygen refilling facility. (PTI)
The court’s order came when it was informed by Delhi Heart and Lung Institute that they are facing oxygen shortage and the concerned nodal officer is helpless.
Delhi high court also suggested Delhi government to get information from all hospitals and pharmacies on the supply of Remdesivir and other drugs. The HC advised the Delhi govt to appoint accounting officers.
(With inputs from agencies)

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