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Oxygen Shortage: Centre’s Plea In Supreme Court Against Delhi Court Order

The Delhi High Court was upset with the Centre’s failure to implement an order on oxygen supply.

New Delhi:

The Union government today moved the Supreme Court against a Delhi High Court order on oxygen availability in the national capital and the lower court’s threat to pursue contempt charges against officials for non-compliance.

Chief Justice India, NV Ramana, asked the court registry to place the papers on the matter before Justice Chandrachud’s bench for hearing.

The Union government’s failure to implement a Delhi High Court order on immediate supply of the full quota of oxygen to Delhi “by whatever means” evoked the judges’ wrath yesterday. It asked the government to explain why a contempt case should not be initiated against it.

“Enough is enough. We will not take a ‘no’ regarding oxygen supply. There is no way that you will not supply 700 metric tonne oxygen immediately. We will not hear anything except compliance,” the Delhi High Court had said yesterday.

Despite the High Court’s repeated urging, the Centre has remained firm on its stance that the Arvind Kejriwal government had been allocated oxygen according to a calculation that applies to all states. The Delhi administration’s mismanagement is what has led to the crisis there, the Centre has held.

Over 40 people have died in the national capital as hospitals there have run out of oxygen and have been flagging the shortage every few hours.

“You can bury your head in sand like ostrich, we won’t…Are you living in an ivory tower?” the Delhi judges had said, pointing out that even the Supreme Court had ordered the Centre to provide 700 metric tonnes of oxygen to Delhi and not 490 metric tonnes.



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Constitutional Authorities, Stop Complaints On Media Reports: Supreme Court

“It would be retrograde for the Supreme Court to gag media,” the Supreme Court said.

New Delhi:

Constitutional authorities can do better than to complain and ask for fetters on the media, the Supreme Court said today on the Election Commission’s petition complaining about media reports on the Madras High Court telling the poll body it should be booked for murder for not stopping political rallies amid Covid.

“It would be retrograde for the Supreme Court to gag media,” the Supreme Court said.

“We find no substance in prayer of EC to restrain media from reporting court proceedings. It is essential to hold judiciary accountable.” 

The Justice DY Chandrachud-led bench did say the remarks made by the Madras High Court were “harsh and the metaphor improper” and judicial restraint was necessary.

“There is a need for judicial restraint for off the cuff remarks which is open for misinterpretation. Judicial language is important for constitutional ethos. Power of judicial review is so high that it forms a basic structure,” the top court observed. The Election Commission had been conducting free and fair polls, it added.

However, the High Court was faced with rising Covid cases and the task of protecting the lives and liberty of people, the court said.

“Open access to courts is a valuable safeguard to constitutional freedom. Freedom of the press is a facet of constitutional freedom of speech and expression,” said the Supreme Court.

The Election Commission had complained about being “castigated without any evidence” when the Madras High Court reprimanded it on campaigns in the middle of a Covid surge.

The Madras High Court on April 26 said the Election Commission “should probably be booked for murder” for allowing crowded election campaigns and was “singularly responsible” for the current Covid spike. But these observations did not make it to the final order, which said “at no cost can counting become a catalyst for a further surge”.

The Election Commission last week approached the Supreme Court against what it called “blatantly disparaging remarks” and said the media should be stopped from reporting observations. It also said it was the government under the Disaster Management Authority that had to manage the rallies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister (E Palaniswami) and “they committed the breach”.

The Supreme Court said: “Something is observed in the larger public interest. The Election Commission should treat it as a bitter pill in the right spirit.”



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Kerala To Enforce Lockdown From May 8 To 16 Amid Rising Covid Cases

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Kerala Lockdown: India has crossed the grim milestone of 2 lakh Covid deaths

New Delhi:

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday announced a statewide lockdown from May 8-16 to fight the surge in coronavirus cases.

Most states have taken to partial lockdowns or containment measures to fight the deadly sweep of the second wave of infections.

Yesterday, the centre’s top scientific adviser warned about the “inevitable” third wave of coronavirus, adding that vaccines will need to be “updated” to deal with the new strains that have overwhelmed hospitals and left thousands dead.

India has crossed the grim milestone of 2 lakh Covid deaths.

In his address to the nation last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi likened the second surge of coronavirus to a storm and urged state governments to use lockdowns as an absolute last resort. He stressed on micro containment measures and Covid-appropriate behaviour to beat the virus.

 



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Ninety workers at Zaloni tea estate have contracted COVID-19.

Guwahati:

Ninety workers and staff members of a tea garden in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district have tested positive for coronavirus, forcing the district administration to declare it a containment zone. 

The Dibrugarh district administration has shut down the Zaloni tea estate which falls under Tengakhat revenue circle.

The Circle Officer of Tengakhat revenue circle, Medical Inspector of Plantations and officials from the health department has been rushed to the area to take stock of the situation.

The garden hospital and the two vacant staff quarters have been turned into temporary isolation centers for the positive patients.

Dr. Nabajyoti Gogoi, the District Surveillance Officer of IDSP, Dibrugarh said a vaccination drive would be carried out in the garden from today apart from other measures like sanitization etc.

Tea garden-based organizations have been demanding vaccination in the tea garden areas since there is a possibility that the virus would spread faster in the tea gardens as the workers in the gardens reside in close proximity.

The district administration has ordered closure of all leased weekly market under Tengakhat Development block with immediate effect.

The Deputy Commissioner also instructed the concerned Circle officers/ BDOs to take steps to close all such markets in their respective areas if the situation demands.

Assam on Wednesday reported 55 COVID-19 fatalities, the highest single-day deaths, pushing the total number of fatalities to 1,485,  according to the government.

The state also registered 4,826 new COVID-19 cases, which took the tally to 2,72,751, it said.



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