Delhi Govt to Withdraw Order on 5-Star COVID Facility for Judges

This development comes after the Delhi High Court rapped the state government.

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File photo of Ashoka Hotel.

The Delhi government on Tuesday, 27 April issued directions to withdraw the order to convert 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel for setting up of a COVID health facility for Delhi High Court judges and judicial officers and their families, reported ANI.

This development comes after the Delhi High Court, on Tuesday, 27 April, rapped the state government for allotting 100 rooms in 5-star hotels as COVID care centres for judges, taking a suo motu note and issuing a notice on Tuesday, 27 April.

"When people aren't getting beds, you are passing such orders? Is it to appease us? You can't create special facility like this. We never asked for it."

Chanakyapuri sub-divisional magistrate Geeta Grover had issued the order on Monday, 26 April, giving the nod to convert 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel into a COVID-care facility for judges of Delhi High Court, judicial officers and their family members.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has directed Primus Hospital to run the healthcare facility at a price not more than Rs 5,000 per patient per day for its medical services to patients. The price would be inclusive of all consumables, services by doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, and nursing staff etc as per the norms.

As per the order, the hospital was to provide for any shortage of hotel staff, and services like housekeeping, disinfection and food for patients was be provided by the hotel at a price not greater than Rs 5,000 for five-star hotel and Rs 4,000 for four/three star hotel per day per person.

The Delhi High Court categorically informed the Delhi government’s counsel Rahul Mehra that the court had made no request for having a 5-star hotel as a quarantine centre.

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