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Delhi High Court Issues Contempt Notice To Oxygen Manufacturer Over Non-Supply To Delhi Govt

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21 April 2021 3:45 AM GMT
Delhi High Court Issues Contempt Notice To Oxygen Manufacturer Over Non-Supply To Delhi Govt
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The Delhi High Court has issued contempt notice to an oxygen manufacturer M/s INOX for not complying with its earlier order to supply oxygen to the Delhi Government.On April 19, a division bench had directed M/s INOX to honour its contract to supply 140 MT of oxygen to Delhi.Yesterday, the Delhi Government counsel Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra told the bench that INOX has not complied with...

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The Delhi High Court has issued contempt notice to an oxygen manufacturer M/s INOX for not complying with its earlier order to supply oxygen to the Delhi Government.

On April 19, a division bench had directed M/s INOX to honour its contract to supply 140 MT of oxygen to Delhi.

Yesterday, the Delhi Government counsel Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra told the bench that INOX has not complied with the court order. He added that Delhi was facing a grave dearth of medical oxygen, and the requirement was 700 MT per day.

Taking note of these submissions, a division bench comprising Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli ordered :

"Since M/s INOX has not complied with our last order dated 19.04.2021, we direct issuance of Notice of Contempt to M/s INOX returnable on 22.04.2021. Notice be served through email. We direct the Managing Director/ Owner of M/s INOX to personally remain present during the hearing on the next date of hearing"

Senior Advocate Mehra also told the bench that the reason for the non-compliance by INOX is stated to be the possible law and order situation that may be created,in case the M/s INOX were to transport the Oxygen from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi, where the manufacturing unit of INOX is situated.

Therefore, the bench has also asked the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh to remain present during the next hearing date.

The case will be considered on April 22.

The bench made these observations in the case Rakesh Malhotra v Union of India, a PIL in which the Court is considering aspects related to availability of COVID-19 beds, oxygen supply, RT-PCR tests etc., in the national capital.

The bench has passed several other directions to ensure the availability of oxygen and essential COVID19 medicines(separate report on that may be read here).

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal had tweeted yesterday that the hospitals in the capital city were facing acute shortage of oxygen and had urged Centre to provide the same urgently.


Click here to read/download the order



 



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