Contempt actions will be taken against people engaged in black-marketing of essential drugs and equipment for COVID Treatment: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court, on 04 May 2021, has held that people who are engaged in the black-marketing of vital medicines and supplies for COVID treatment will face contempt charges.

A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli issued an order to the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi to ensure that COVID medicines, oxygen tanks, and medical devices for pandemic medication are not sold at elevated prices than the Maximum Retail Price.

The Delhi Government and Delhi Police were ordered by the Delhi High Court to publicize the helpline numbers from which individuals can report corrupt practices concerning the sale of vital medicines and services for COVID treatment. The court ordered the Delhi Police to apprehend people who are stockpiling the drugs and supplies and present them to the Court’s attention.

The second wave of India’s deadly Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the country’s capital. Although authorities claim that all is under control, the fact is that people are dying outside of hospitals due to lack of beds and services. This has culminated in an artificial scarcity of treatment services as a result of people hoarding essential medicines and supplies without having the authority to do so. 

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