Covid-19: SC refuses to interfere with Karnataka HC order on oxygen allocation | India News

Covid-19: SC refuses to interfere with Karnataka HC order on oxygen allocation | India News
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea by the Union government against Karnataka HC’s May 5 order which asked it to increase the daily oxygen allocation to the state from 965 MT to 1200 MT.
The Supreme Court said the order passed by the high court is reasonable.
“Karnataka HC order directing Centre to supply 1200 MT oxygen to the state is a very judicious order and calibrated exercise of power,” A bench of justices DY Chandrachud and M R Shah said.
The Centre said such it would create great difficulty if all HCs start passing order for supply of Oxygen to state.
“Let the entire stock of oxygen be handed over to HC which will decided on how to distribute among different states,” the government said.
The apex court said it is conscious of the difficulty faced by Centre but we have also to think about what will happen if the requirement of oxygen of a state is not met.
“The high court cannot remain silent when people are dying in the state,” the Supreme court said.
The Centre meanwhile said that there should be pan-India vision and not state specific approach while deciding supply of oxygen to different states.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told SC, “The entire system will collapse of all HCs start passing order on oxygen supply in their states.”
(With agency inputs)

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