New Delhi, Apr 29 (ILNS) A Public Interest Petition (PIL) has been filed by Lawyers in the Delhi High Court that some kind of assistance should be given to the judicial officers for the treatment of deadly CORONA Virus as they are also frontline workers. The officers or court staff who are appointed as nodal officers to assist the authorities and hospitals to implement court orders also get infected with the diseases but are not getting beds.
The petition filed by some lawyers before a bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli said that Centers for the treatment of the deadly disease for Judicial Officers, who fall sick while on duty should be set up urgently, and if need be it could be set up in the residential colonies. A nodal officer may be appointed at each district court to help them get beds and other needful things.
A bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli who is hearing all matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic said that Residential colonies so far as it is a spread zone, it is fine but otherwise it would be difficult.
Advocate Sanjoy Ghosh suggested that Court complexes are also not in use, the COVID care centers can be set up there as well and a coordination mechanism may be brought in place, Judicial Officers are also frontline workers, he emphasized.
Justice Sanghi directed the Government of Delhi (GNCTD) to file its response on this.
Justice Sanghi directed all District and session Judges of Various Courts in Delhi to provide care to the judicial officers in need of medical facilities. The court also directed the Judicial Officers to identify places to establish Covid Care Centers.
Senior Advocate, G Tushar Rao told the court, “I just got a panic call from a hospital there is a shortage of oxygen.
Advocate Rahul Mehra appearing for the Delhi Government said, Sorry this is just impossible, if it goes on like this, then there will be a law and order problem. Advocate Rajshekhar Rao Amicus appointed by the court said, “We have been getting calls during lunch hours there are organizations providing home care, but there is a shortage of oxygen. This would be putting pressure on hospitals.
Justice Sanghi asked, ” Mr. Mehra, you have anything to say in this?
To this Rahul Mehra said, Every hospital in the Capital is attached to a refiller because of which there is no liberty, and zero flexibility is there with the refillers. The Basic issue will again be where to get oxygen, Mehra said. He suggested that two separate lines can be made. One for entry and one for the exit, that will be one for the hospital and another for the individual, and we can at the district level, set up a Centers, but then there again will be the problem of where to get oxygen from, Mehra said. We can have 2 or 3 or 5 metric tons for distribution, if we can have 20 MT from the central government then we can direct it to the Centers for individuals dedicatedly, Mehra suggested. There are 1000s of stand-alone clinics, which are not getting oxygen, he said. Advocate Arindam said that there are private Ambulances that are carrying patients, are also not getting oxygen.
Mehra said this problem has arisen for stand-alone clinics, stand-alone doctors that were doing fine earlier but now as we have allocated everything to the hospitals these stand-alone are unable to function.
Advocate Arindam also reminded Mr. Mehra that in several Hospitals in Delhi, there is a lack of oxygen and concentrators.
Justice Sanghi asked, “Where is the Infrastructure, Oxygen, medicines? Advocate Arindam replied, ” Milord, there are People from Foreign countries who can provide concentrators and many private people who are willing to do that. ILNS/SNG
The Court is hearing all matters relating to COVID-19 Pandemic crisis. The matter is being heard on Day-to-Day basis. ILNS/GM/SNG