New Delhi: The Central government was on Tuesday served a showcause notice by Delhi high court over “non-compliance” of its order on Saturday to provide 700 metric tonnes (MT) of medical oxygen for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the national capital.
The high court directed that additional secretaries in ministries of home affairs and industrial promotion must be present before it on Wednesday to answer the notice.
“You can put your head in sand like ostrich, we will not,” the high court bench remarked on Tuesday.
“During the course of the hearing, it has been brought to our notice that Delhi has still not received 700 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen even though the Supreme Court had directed compliance by the Union of India by midnight on May 3,” the court said.
The Centre submitted that it will file a compliance affidavit in the apex court on Wednesday.