700 MT oxygen must be supplied to Delhi hospitals on a daily basis till further orders: SC tells Centre
Justice Dr DY Chandrachud, heading bench of SC said that 700 MT has to be supplied to Delhi on a daily basis.
New Delhi: To address the issue of the oxygen crisis in the national capital, the Supreme Court on Friday said that the Central government will compulsorily have to provide 700 metric tonnes of oxygen to Delhi everyday till further orders.
Justice Dr DY Chandrachud, heading bench of SC said that 700 MT has to be supplied to Delhi on daily basis.
A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud took note of the submission of the Delhi government on deficient supply of LMO to the national capital and warned that it will pass orders against officials concerned if 700 MT of LMO is not supplied daily.
"Every single day, 700 MT oxygen must be given to Delhi hospitals and we mean business. It has to be supplied and we don't want to be coercive. Our order will take time to be uploaded by 3 pm. But you proceed and arrange the oxygen," said Justice DY Chandrachud.
On the other hand, Rahul Mehra, lawyer for Delhi government, told the Supreme Court and mentioned that as of Friday, only 89 MT of Oxygen has been received by Delhi government and 16 MT oxygen is in transit.
The court then went on to add that if nothing is to be hidden, let it come before the nation how allocation and distribution of oxygen is done transparently by the Centre.
Earlier, the top court had stayed the contempt proceedings against the Central government officials initiated by the Delhi High Court over the issue.
The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will not allow the top court of the country to become a ground of recrimination between the Centre and the Delhi government as they indulged in a blame game on the issue of allocation and supply of oxygen to the national capital.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah warned both Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, and senior advocate Rahul Mehra, representing the Delhi government, and said everyone should work in a cooperative manner.
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