Courts Update Delhi HC flays Delhi govt over COVID-related affidavit

Delhi HC flays Delhi govt over COVID-related affidavit

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New Delhi, May 28 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today flayed the Delhi government for not filing a satisfactory affidavit related to the number of Hospitals dealing with COVID-19, apart from the equipment being used for the same.

The Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh said, “The affidavit doesn’t mention the number of ICUs and COVID ventilators. It also doesn’t state about different specialties, in which the said Hospital will be dealing. The Court orders for a new affidavit from the state.”

Advocate YP Singh, Counsel for the petitioner, said “Why the 700-bed capacity was not finalised, when there was a plan? They are not coming out clean? They are only telling about COVID-19 facility, what about other OPDs, or other facilities?”

Justice Sanghi: “Yes, Mr Mehra?”

Mr Mehra: “My lords currently we are concerned about Third wave. We have already squeezed the timeline, I don’t want to state further.”

Justice Jasmeet Singh: “Out of 1276, how many are you marking with ICU and ventilator?

Mr Mehra: “I don’t have the number right now, but the plan is there and numbers are stated in it. We will come by Mylord on Monday or Tuesday with how many ICU beds and other counts.”

Justice Sanghi: “We also want you to show what is the plan? Facility?”

Mr Mehra: “We should have thought about it ourselves, we will surely present it.”

Justice Sanghi: “We will take it up on third then.”

The Court said: “We direct the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, to monitor the progress of project at least on weekly basis. If there is any breach of the timeline, strict action will be taken against the officer, who doesn’t comply with the timeline… We will take it on June 4.”

Amicus Curiae Rajshekhar Rao: “My lords they could also give the percentage of ICU beds.”

To this, the Court said: “The respondent also needs to state, operational bed capacity, ICU bed capacity and Ventilator capacity out of total beds.”

Mr Mehra: “The augmentation is done considering the number. When the blue print will come subsequently, that will also come up together. For now, we are just concerned with COVID-19.

Over the issue of compliance, Mr Rao said, “We have circulated a note for today, two sets of order where compliances were to be seen. Just in terms of progress.

Justice Sanghi: “What about Union?”

Advocate Nidhi Mohan Parasar: “Kindly give us time of one day. We will file it.”

Senior Advocate Krishnan Venugopal: “Constructive suggestion to Delhi govt that they should supply the blueprint.”

Mr Rao: “We need state to come back on a couple of things. One is PSA plant, your lordship wanted a blue print.”

Mr Mehra: “If it’s okay to my lord, I request My lord to call Prof. Dheer for presentation and blue print. Just for my lords idea of blue print, I’ll just go through the blueprint head, Oxygen storage capacity Supply of oxygen GNCTD IT portal ICC (command and control) room compatibility.

“They have recommended different Dashboard under different head. Supply Dashboard, Command and control dashboard and few other boards. Justice Sanghi- It seems they have done a detailed report,” he added.

Justice Singh: “Mr Mehra, you need to work on it as well.”

Mr Mehra: “Absolutely my lord. As per reports, the third wave could affect the children very badly. The expert committee…Venugopal asks the court to allow him to put suggestion to state.”

Senior Advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan suggested that the government should set up some centres, in which those patients who are on telecommunication, may go if the doctor is not able to recognise the seriousness of health. They may visit there.

Mr Ramakrishnan said, “Today, it is not in public knowledge, how many hospitals are there vacant for EWS, Broadcasting service should have at all time, the capacity for EWS and other facility. The system should be proliferated. Danger to the pediatric.”

The Court said, “Prasanna has circulated a note shared with Amicus and Satyakam (Counsel for the Centre), let the said note be examined from the point of utility and feasibility. The said note be considered with the response of GNCTD on July 7.” ILNS/KR/RJ

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