In the case of Rakesh Malhotra v. GNCTD, the Delhi High Court asked the centre the reason why States like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are getting more oxygen than they actually need and why Delhi is not getting sufficient oxygen. Although the Court also clarified that it is not saying that oxygen should be given to the National Capital at the cost of other states.
The question was asked by the Division bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli. They also noted that while the projected demand of Delhi was 700MT per day, its allocation was only 480-490 MT per day. At the same time, as opposed to the demands of Madhya Pradesh’s 445MT and Maharashtra’s 1500 MT, the allocation was 543 MT and 1661 MT, respectively.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was keeping the side of Government. He also urged the Court to not get into pan-India allocation or “comparison”, or “create panic” and argued.
During the course of the hearing, as SG Mehta asked the officer to “cut from MP and give it to Delhi” even “at the lives of some in MP”, the Court strongly responded,
“Don’t project it like this. We don’t appreciate. Let’s not get emotional about it. These are facts and figures. You have to meet this head-on. You can’t duck it.”