The Central government’s failure to implement the Delhi High Court’s order on immediate supply of full quota of oxygen to Delhi evoked the judges’ wrath today. The court — which said Delhi must be given its full quota of oxygen “by whatever means” — asked the government to explain why a contempt case should not be initiated against it.
“You can bury your head in sand like ostrich, we won’t… Are you living in an ivory tower?” the judges said, pointing out that the Supreme Court had also ordered the Centre to provide 700 metric tonne of oxygen to Delhi and not just 490 metric tonne.
On April 30, the Supreme Court had ordered that the deficit in the oxygen supply to Delhi must be rectified on or before midnight of May 3.
During the extended hearing on the ongoing oxygen crisis in Delhi, the High court had impressed upon the Centre the urgency of immediate action in view of the mounting number of deaths in the national capital due to oxygen shortage.
“The water has gone above the head. You have to arrange everything now. You have made the allocations. You have to fulfil it. Eight lives have been lost. We can’t shut our eyes to it,” the bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli had said.