A worker loads empty cylinders of medical oxygen in New Delhi, on 21 April 2021 | PTI
A worker load empty cylinders of medical oxygen in New Delhi, 21 April 2021 | PTI Photo
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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to forthwith provide oxygen by whatever means to the hospitals in the national capital which are treating serious COVID-19 patients and are facing scarcity of oxygen.

“Why is the Centre not waking up to the gravity of the situation? We are shocked and dismayed hospitals running out of oxygen but steel plants are running,” the high court said.

A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said responsibility to ensure oxygen supply is squarely on Central government shoulders and if necessary, entire supply of oxygen to industries including steel and petroleum can be diverted for medical usage.

“The steel and petrochemical industries are oxygen guzzlers and diverting oxygen from there can meet hospitals’ requirements,” the bench said.

“If Tatas can divert oxygen they are generating for their steel plants to medical use, why can’t others? This is the height of greed. Is there no sense of humanity left or not,” the court observed.

The court was hearing a plea with regard to urgent need of oxygen in some Delhi hospitals.


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  1. Why does are judiciary get involved in everything? And why are they not at all bothered about the unbelievable and the unending delays in any legal process in the country? So Dear Judges, clean up your act!!!

  2. Indian judges running amuck! They don’t even realize that they look like buffoons making this kind of statements, observations and rulings.

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