Wednesday, May 5, 2021

"Hauling up officers for contempt won't bring oxygen:" Supreme Court stays Delhi High Court order on contempt of court against Centre

The Supreme Court said that there is no reason for the time being to exercise contempt of court jurisdiction against government officers but asked the Central government to submit a tabulated plan to meet the 700 MT Oxygen target by 10.30 am on Thursday.

"We stay the operation of the contempt notice issued by Delhi HC. this stay will not be a restraint on Delhi HC to monitor the on-ground situation on other heads," the Court ordered.

The Court was hearing an appeal against the show cause notice for contempt issued to the Central government by the Delhi High Court.

The matter was heard today by a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta mentioned the matter before Chief Justice of India NV Ramana this morning.

"Ultimately putting officers in jail or hauling officers for contempt will not bring oxygen. Please tell us steps to solve this," Justice Chandrachud remarked. during the hearing.

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