Oxygen firm Inox was today ordered by the Delhi High Court not to divert supplies from the state to places after the Arvind Kejriwal government approached it on the matter. The order comes on a day Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, announcing a week-long lockdown, said that Delhi’s health infrastructure was on the brink due to overload.
The Delhi administration today the High Court it had sought 700 metric tonnes of oxygen per day from the Centre. While the state was allocated 300 metric tonnes starting tomorrow, the government had sought more.
Inox had, the government said, stopped supplies and diverted them to another state.
When the court asked the state government to which state oxygen was being diverted, it hesitated saying the matter could then become political.
On the court’s insistence, the state’s counsel said, “It’s one of the larger state. We will leave it at that.”
The High Court then said: “We direct M/s Inox to honour its contract with the Delhi government and hospitals and continue to supply oxygen and restore 140 metric tonnes supply immediately.”
It also directed the Centre to file an affidavit on Covid bed augmentation and supply of medicines.