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‘Easy to criticise government, court’: SC dismisses plea for probe into oxygen shortage during Covid

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking an inquiry into shortage of oxygen supply during the second wave of the coronavirus in April-May and rebuked the petitioner for filing the application, reported Bar and Bench.

“It is very easy to criticise the court or government without being on the hot seat,” said Justice DY Chandrachud. “The country is dealing with a crisis. We must be wary of demoralising authorities who are handling this crisis.”

A bench, also comprising Justice BV Nagarathna, was hearing a petition filed by a man named Naresh Kumar who had sought a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the oxygen deficit and problems related to distribution of the gas to states during the second Covid wave.

Many states had experienced extreme shortages of oxygen and other facilities such as hospital beds and medical supplies, forcing citizens to take to social media to seek help then.

At its peak in May, daily Covid-19 cases had touched the 4-lakh mark and deaths were being reported in thousands each day. A government study had found that the Delta variant of the coronavirus was responsible for the second wave.

The Supreme Court had then formed a 12-member national task force to streamline oxygen allocation and to ensure that essential drugs and medicines are available to medical facilities.

During Monday’s…

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