After being directed by the Karnataka High Court to allocate 1200 metric tonne Oxygen to the state, the Union government on May 6, 2021, approached the Supreme Court.
This comes at a time when Karnataka is undergoing an acute shortage of medical oxygen.
According to the live law, Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General of India, presented the appeal before Justice DY Chandrachud who asked the appeal to be presented before CJI NV Ramanna. Justice DY Chandrachud also sought records of the case.
On May 5, 2021, the Karnataka High Court directed the Union government to allocate 1200 metric tonnes of Oxygen to the state. Karnataka High Court’s order came after the death of 24 COVID-19 patients due to lack of oxygen at the government medical college hospital on May 3, 2021.
At the same time, two patients from Bengaluru and 12 COVID-19 from Kalaburagi were reported dead due to the same reason.
On May 4, 2021, the union government was questioned by the Karnataka High Court for its reluctance to increase the Oxygen allocation.
“Do you want more people to die? If your process is defective, we are not interested in your process. We are interested in oxygen,” the Karnataka HC bench led by CJ AS Oka had asked the union government.