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Covid-19: Delhi High Court warns of contempt action against black-marketeers of Oxygen cylinders, concentrators, medicines

The Court passed the order, after Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma, appearing for the Centre, said that the court should take note of the fact that Oxygen cylinders worth Rs 8000 are being sold at Rs one lakh each.

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Taking a serious view of Oxygen Concentrators, cylinders, Oxygen flow meters and medicines used for the treatment of COVID-19 being sold at much higher prices in the market, the Delhi High Court today warned of taking contempt action against guilty.

While holding a special Sunday sitting, a Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said, “We direct the state to ensure that any person, who is found hoarding and selling these items above the MRP, shall be booked and brought to the notice of this Court. The Court will take contempt action against them.”

The Court passed the order, after Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma, appearing for the Centre, said that the court should take note of the fact that Oxygen cylinders worth Rs 8000 are being sold at Rs one lakh each.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “This is trading in human misery, even if the God forgives, the Government will not forgive.”

The special sitting was held to hear the application filed by the Central Government, urging the Court to recall its yesterday order, directing the Centre to supply 490 MT of Oxygen to Delhi.

Read Also: COVID-19: SC directs Centre to ensure Oxygen supply, availability of essential drugs in Delhi by tomorrow

The Bench directed the Delhi government to file its reply by May 5. The Court will next hear the matter on May 6. 

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