New Delhi, May 11 (ILNS) A Writ Petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, seeking appropriate measures on a war-footing to ensure that sufficient quantity of oxygen is made available to Crystal Hospital Ltd, so that precious lives of COVID patients can be saved. (Crystal Hospital Ltd and Anr vs State of Maharashtra)
The petitioner is a COVID-19 Hospital with 90 beds, of which 13 have hi-tech ICU facilities. The petition said that it has done a yeoman service in COVID treatment. However, since the past one month, oxygen has been denied by Indo Gas, leading to the petitioner Hospital shifting patients to other hospitals.
When there was a crisis because of the great shortage of beds and ICU facilities for the treatment of COVID patients, Crstal Hospital, well-equipped with all modern, hybrid facilities for COVID treatment, was forced to remain handicapped, practically closed, it noted.
The petitioner said it complained to the Police, BMC and even to the Chief Justice of India in regard to the oxygen denied by Indo Gas, even though the Hospital was willing to pay five times the approved rates for oxygen, but Indo Gas demanded 10 times of actual price.
The Hospital prayed to the State of Maharashtra, Union of India, Municipal Corporation of Bombay, the District Magistrate, Bombay Suburban District and Police authorities to take appropriate action against Indo Gas Agency for selling oxygen cylinders in black market and refusing to supply to the petitioner, which they were obligated to do, as the Hospital was a designated COVID hospital, and thereby endangering lives.
Further, the petitioner prayed to the Court to pass an appropriate order, considering the problems faced by the Hospital and also by many designated hospitals due to the artificial shortage created by anti-social and inhuman elements, with the sole purpose of unduly enriching at the cost of the lives of fellow human beings.
The petitioner further asked the court to direct the authorities to make available oxygen to the Hospital, so that it could treat COVID patients and fully utilise the facilities at a time, when there is scarcity. ILNS/RG/RJ