The Allahabad High Court while hearing the PIL on COVID management has observed that:
“We are at pain in observing that death of Covid patients just for non supplying of oxygen to the hospitals is a criminal act and not less than a genocide by those who have been entrusted the task to ensure continuous procurement and supply chain of the liquid medical oxygen. How can we let our people die in this way when science is so advanced that even heart transplantation and brain surgery are taking place these days.”
The bench of Justice Siddharth Verma and Justice Ajith Kumar has directed the District Magistrate, Lucknow and District Magistrate, Meerut to inquire into the matter of such news items within 48 hours and submit their reports on the next date fixed. They have also been directed to appear before the Court online on the next date fixed.
The Bench also recorded the concern of a Lawyer about delayed RTPCR reports, as in cities of Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi and Meerut the report was being given between 3- 4 days except in Varanasi where the reports were being given between 2-3 days.
On this AAG has been directed to look into the matter and come up with an affidavit showing the testing capacity of RTPCR Lab for the districts Lucknow and Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Ghaziabad, Gautambudh Nagar, Agra and Jhansi by the next date fixed.