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MP High Court asks Maharashtra govt’s clarification on supply of medical oxygen to Madhya Pradesh

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Madhya Pradesh High Court today sent a fresh notice to the Maharashtra government, wanting its reply on why the supply of medical oxygen from Maharashtra to Madhya Pradesh should not continue uninterrupted. At present the supply is on, by virtue of a stay of the high court on the Maharashtra government order that had banned it.

The Indore bench of the bench was hearing a petition on this today. 

On September 7 the Maharashtra government had issued an order prohibiting the supply of medical oxygen to Madhya Pradesh on the ground that since patients in Maharashtra are not getting adequate supply, so “how can we supply for patients in other states?” Due to the non-availability of medical oxygen from Maharashtra, there was a shortage in MP hospitals and the treatment of patients suffered.

Maharaja Yashwantrao Hospital Management of Indore filed a petition in the high court, detailing this problem. The petition said that Coronavirus patients cannot be discriminated on the basis of state policies or decisions.

On September 16, Justices SC Sharma and Shailendra Shukla sought a response from the Maharashtra-based company supplying the oxygen to the state. After hearing the petitioner’s arguments the high court stayed the Maharashtra government’s order.

The supplying company had to submit a reply, but the company seeks more time. The high court continued the stay on the order of the Maharashtra government and extended the hearing till the third week of January.

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