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Supply 700MT Oxygen to Delhi Daily: SC’s Stern Direction to Centre

“We mean business. Please don’t force us to be in a situation where we have to be firm,” Justice Chandrachud said.

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The Supreme Court has clarified and once again directed the Centre that it wants it to supply 700 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen to Delhi on a daily basis, until further orders.

A Bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that an order for the same had been passed.

“We mean business. Please don’t force us to be in a situation where we have to be firm,” Justice Chandrachud told Mehta, reported LiveLaw.

The apex court, on Friday, 30 April, had directed the central government to ensure that Delhi's demand for 700 MT oxygen per day and the consequent shortage had to be addressed and remedied.

In that regard, the court affirmed that in the previous order, it meant that the Centre must supply 700 MT of oxygen to Delhi daily.

"We want 700 MT to be supplied to Delhi on a daily basis. We will clarify it in our order. It is not that 700 MT is supplied on a single day and court's order are assuaged. We want Union to supply 700 MT to Delhi on daily basis. We mean business. Our order will say it. Your officers have to ensure it,” Justice Chandrachud told the Solicitor General.

He further added that the Centre must supply 700 MT every day till the Court's order is modified as well.

The Court was considering the Centre's Special Leave Petition (SLP) against the Delhi High Court's contempt notice to its officials for failing to supply 700 MT of oxygen to Delhi as per the SC's orders.

(With inputs from Livelaw)

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