The Supreme Court in its Order passed in Suo Motu Case to spread the curb of COVID19 in India came down heavily on the black marketeers of medicines and equipment.
The Bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice L Nageshwar Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhatt took judicial notice of the fact that several critical drugs, used to treat COVID-19, such as Remdesivir and Tocilizumab, are being sold at significantly inflated prices or in fake form.
The Court bench condemned this attempt to exploit people‟s misery and profit from their helplessness. In order to clamp down on this practice, Court has directed that:
- the Central Government can consider constituting a special team to identify and prosecute those who:
(a) sell medical grade oxygen/COVID-19 medicines at exorbitant prices; and
(b) sell fake substances and recover the concerned substances.
- Also a protocol for ambulances must also be evolved to avoid citizens being exploited by extracting unconscionable charges. The Central Government can consider creating a platform for easy reporting and redressal of such cases.