'Never made any request': Delhi HC on 100-bed COVID facility at five-star hotel for its judges
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Delhi government concerning the Ashok Hotel being dedicated to judicial officers and said that the court 'never asked for a 100-bed COVID facility or its judges, staff and family members at a five-star hotel'. The court further stated that such orders give incorrect projection about the judiciary. The High court also asked for a response from the Delhi government.
Taking suo motu cognisance of the news reports which said that 100 rooms of Ashoka Hotel in the national capital have been converted into a COVID health facility for judges of Delhi High Court on its request, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said,"No communication has been made to anyone in this regard".
"We have not made any such request for taking over facilities of a five-star hotel," the bench said and directed the Delhi government to "take corrective steps immediately".
In an order issued by the sub-divisional magistrate of Chanakyapuri on April 25, it was stated that the COVID facility at Ashoka Hotel will be associated with Primus Hospital. The order also said that the facility was being set up on the request of the Delhi High Court.
Terming the order as "wrong", the bench said the image is projected as a result of it was that the Delhi High Court judges have taken it for their benefit or that the Delhi government has done it to appease the court.
The high court also did not agree with senior advocate Rahul Mehra's claim that the media played "mischief", saying "the media is not wrong". It said that the media only pointed out what was wrong in the order and it was the SDM's order which was wrong.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi High Court said the AAP government's entire system has failed as black marketing of oxygen cylinders and crucial medicines for treating COVID-19 patients is going on.
The court also observed it was not the time to become vultures. “Are you aware of black marketing? Is it a good human gesture?”, the bench said to oxygen refillers.
The bench further said this is a mess that the state government has been unable to resolve. “You have the power, take action against those engaging in black marketing of oxygen cylinders and medicines,” it said.
(With PTI Inputs)
Posted By: Talibuddin Khan