‘Enough is enough’ – Delhi High Court issues show cause notice to Centre on the oxygen crisis issue in India’s national capital

‘Enough is enough’ – Delhi High Court issues show cause notice to Centre on the oxygen crisis issue in India’s national capital
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  • The Delhi High Court has issued a show cause notice to the central government over the oxygen crisis in the national capital of India.
  • The plea in the court was that the national capital territory of Delhi was not receiving the oxygen supply it was promised by the Centre.
  • India continues to struggle with a cruel second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the national capital having over 89,500 active cases.
The Delhi High Court has issued a show cause notice to the central government, on Tuesday, over the oxygen crisis in the national capital of India. The judges also directed that central government officers Piyush Goyal and Sumita Dawra will have to appear before the court.

“We direct the Central government to show cause why contempt action should not be taken for non-compliance of our order of May 1 and Supreme Court order,” said a bench led by judges Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli. The development was reported by legal news platform Bar & Bench.

The plea in the court was that the national capital territory of Delhi was not receiving the oxygen supply it was promised by the Centre. “Enough is enough. We are not going to take no for an answer. There is no way that you won't supply 700 [metric tonnes of oxygen] right away. We won't hear anything except compliance,” said the judges during the hearing.

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The cruel second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has displayed the massive gap in the Indian healthcare system. Delhi currently has 89,592 active COVID-19 cases.

While hospitals and doctors are crumbling under pressure, there has been a severe oxygen crisis, which is now being brought in from different states. However, Delhi had complained that it wasn’t getting the promised 700 MT of oxygen.

“We reject the submission that GNCTD [Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi] is not entitled to receive 700 MT per day in light of existing infrastructure. It pains us that the aspect of supply of oxygen should be viewed in the way it is done by the centre. We see the grim reality everyday,” said the court.

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