NEW DELHI :
THE Delhi High Court said on Saturday that if any official at the Central, State or local administration was obstructing in the picking up or supply of oxygen, then it would “hang” that person. The Delhi High Court on Saturday also asked the Centre about the preparedness to deal with the expected COVID-19 second wave peak in mid-May, terming the massive rise in cases as a ‘Tsunami’. The observation by a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli came during hearing of a plea by Maharaja Agrasen Hospital over shortage of oxygen for seriously-ill COVID patients. The court told the Delhi Government to give it one instance of who was obstructing the oxygen supply and said “we will hang that man”.
“We will not spare anyone,” the bench added. The court told the Delhi Government to inform the Centre also about such officials of the local administration so that it could take action against them. The court said the viral disease has a low mortality and those who have a low immunity will eventually die but the problem comes when people who could be saved are also dying. “The mortality rate needs to be reduced.”
Referring to a study by a team of scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, the court noted its assessment that the peak of this COVID wave will come in mid-May. “We are calling it a wave, it is actually a Tsunami,” the court said, and asked the Centre about the preparedness in terms of infrastructure, hospitals, medical staff, medicines, vaccines and oxygen as on date for the peak.