The Delhi High Court on Wednesday appointed Senior Advocate Rajshekhar Rao as amicus curiae in the case concerning the COVID-19 situation in the national capital. The High Court has been monitoring the situation through a series of petitions relating to shortage of oxygen and other issues. The hearing is proceeding before Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli. Observing that Delhi was yet to receive the complete quantity of oxygen allotted to it by the Central government, primarily on account of some part of the same coming from eastern India, the court today asked Rao to study the national allocation order and make suggestions on optimal allocation.
As per the court’s order, Rao may communicate his suggestion to the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The court’s suggestion asking Rao to look into the national allocation order was opposed by SG Mehta. Assuring that the aspect of re-allocation was considered by the Central government officials, SG Mehta said, “I have full faith in Mr Rao but it might be counterproductive. “The court, however, responded, “He’s a very competent counsel. Let him come with suggestions. We’ll put it to you. We’re not passing orders. “AS the court observed that reasons should be given by the officials in case they reject the suggestions put forth by Rao, SG Mehta stated that such a direction would not be feasible.