Supreme Court reserves verdict in suo motu plea on oxygen supply, essential drugs

ILNS: The Supreme Court on Saturday reserved its order in a suo motu petition on the supply of oxygen, ensuring availability of essential drugs, and streamlining the modalities for vaccination. (IN RE: DISTRIBUTION OF ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES AND SERVICES DURING PANDEMIC)

Earlier on April 27, the same Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat had said that the High Courts are in a better position to monitor the situation.

The High Courts have wide power under Article 226 of the Constitution, though it does not make the Supreme Court a mute spectator and made it clear that it was in no mood to stop hearings at the different High Courts on this issue.

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Justice Chandrachud had said the Supreme Court’s function here is complementary, especially when there is a pan-India issue being considered.