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Delhi: An independent bench of Justice Rekha Palli and Justice Vipin Sharma both have been hearing pleas and dealing with the issues of the Chinese Virus.

The Delhi Government on Saturday informed the Delhi High Court that the COVID-19 Facility of 250 beds has been set up in Indira Gandhi Hospital Dwarka and is functional and could be used for the same. The Court went ahead to verify the information about 250 beds and found that the facility was not even operational till now, the Court slammed the Kejriwal-led government for giving ‘inaccurate’ information about the facility. Court also warned the Kejriwal-led government (AAP) to not give incorrect information as it could cause serious inconvenience at a critical time like this, according to reports from live law.

The bench led by Justice Rekha Palli and Justice Vipin Sharma directed the state to ”file a detailed affidavit with the timeline of completion of Indira Gandhi Hospital if it has been breached then for what reason, and the new timeline of its completion”. The bench also added that the timeline should be accurate, realistic, and is strictly to be followed.

The bench also questioned the state as to why is the facility not ready yet when the pictures show that the facility is complete and why should they not be finishing the project at the earliest.

While hearing the petition on COVID-19 management Advocate Sanjeev Sagar made his submission’s on hoarding and black marketing of drugs, oxygen cylinder. He also made a specific request to the bench, of including a list of people who have been booked to which the bench said ”we have already asked for the list”.
The Delhi High Court also directed the state to take help of child care institutes for providing help and care to those children who have lost have their parents or are either hospitalized, comes under Juvenile Justice Act. The number of cases has gone up, it can be suspected that children could be exposed to abuse or negligence. The bench directed the government to publicize the helpline numbers 1098 and 1077.

On 7th May Navneet Kalra owner of eateries like Khan Chacha and Town Hall Restaurant and Bar was raided by Delhi Police and recovered 105 oxygen concentrators from these places. According to the police, Navneet Kalra is the mastermind behind this racket as he was the owner of the eateries and he is also absconding and hiding somewhere in Uttrakhand, teams have been deployed to get a hold of Navneet Kalra.

DCP Atul Kumar Thakur told the media that an FIR has been filed under various sections of IPC for fraud, violating the essential commodities act, cheating, and the Epidemic diseases act.

Till now 4 people have been arrested including the manager.

The count of the oxygen concentrators that were hoarded and black-marketed by Navneet Kalra has gone up to 524 now. The oxygen concentrators were brought to India from Europe with the help of Navneet Kalra’s friends.
Delhi High Court heard the matter in the bail plea filed by Navneet Kalra for anticipatory bail on 12th May. The court had reserved the order and would be dictating the order for 13th May at 10:00 AM

Senior Advocates Vikash Pahwa and Advocate Vineet Malhotra appearing for Navneet Kalra submitted before the court that the arrest was baseless as the Government has not fixed the MRP for oxygen concentrators and to sell the same cannot be called black-marketing.

Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava submitted that Navneet Kalra is an influential person, granting him anticipatory bail would not be suitable and police custody must be given.

He further added ”there is no selling price fixed but the price they have quoted is done by themselves. The government has invited you to quote your rate so that they can be regularised and that is exactly how an ACT is made”. A document was presented before the bench which was a report from Shri Ram Laboratory that stated, the concentration was found 20.8% in the sample after the testing of the seized oxygen concentrator was done.
Atul Shrivastava, the public prosecutor emphasized and brought it to the notice of the court that the whole country is watching and this anticipatory bail needs to be dismissed.

After hearing the submissions the Delhi Court has today 13th May, rejected the Anticipatory Bail Plea of Navneet Kalra in the Oxygen Concentrator hoarding case.

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