The Delhi High Court on Tuesday questioned the Aam Adami Party government’s decision to reserve 100 beds for its judicial officers at Ashoka Hotel in the national capital.
Taking the suo moto cognisance of media reports on the issue, the court said that no such request was made by the HC and directed the Delhi government to withdraw the order.
“You don’t have oxygen for anybody and you’re giving us 100 beds. Stop passing orders left, right and centre and take immediate corrective measures,” the court said.
The HC bench, which was hearing the pleas regarding the Covid-19 related issues in the national capital, questioned the Delhi government’s motives behind the decision.
“What are you trying to convey? What is this protection? Have you done this to appease us?” the court said.
The court issued a notice to the Delhi government to file a response in the matter and also take immediate corrective steps.
On Monday, the Delhi government had announced that a Covid care facility will be set up for judges and judicial officers of Delhi High Court at the Ashoka Hotel in Chanakyapuri area, as several judges of the district court and the high court have tested positive for the virus in the past. The facility will be managed by Chanakyapuri’s Primus Hospital, the AAP government had said.
The notification in this regard was reportedly issued by Sub-divisional Magistrate of Chanakyapuri Geeta Grover “after she received a request from the Delhi HC to set up a Covid care facility for judges and judicial officers of the court”.
The HC bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli dismissed such reports and said, “No communication has been made to anyone in this regard”.
“This is very misleading… Can we as an institution say that you create a facility for us or reserve so many beds for us? Would it not be patently discriminatory? It’s unthinkable that we as an institution would take preference when people are dying on the road,” the court said.
Advocate Rahul Metro appearing for the Delhi government argued that the media reports on the matter were misleading as the Delhi government never said that the HC requested the rooms. But the court dismissed the argument and said, “the media reports were not wrong, your order said it”.