Don’t make us go firm: SC warns Centre over O2

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today put its foot down stating that 700 metric tonnes (MT) of Oxygen have to be supplied to Delhi by the Central government on a daily basis to deal with the Covid-19 situation.

“We want 700 MT Oxygen to be supplied to Delhi on daily basis 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,” Justice DY Chandrachud said and added: ‘Don’t make us go firm.’

Justice MR Shah, who was on the Bench along with Justice Chandrachud, said, “You have to supply 700 MT oxygen every day till we further order.”

Also, the Supreme Court today turned down the Central government’s plea to stay the Karnataka High cCurt order directing it to immediately increase the supply of medical oxygen to the state from 962 metric tonnes (MT) per day to 1,200 MT per day in view of the spurt in the number of active Covid-19 cases.

“We can’t keep people of Karnataka in the lurch,” said a bench of justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah.

The bench added that the high court order was a ‘careful, calibrated and judicious exercise of power’ and required no intervention of the top court.


NT Bureau