“It is a complete failure of the state,” the Delhi High Court said on Friday when a group of lawyers, including Delhi Bar Council Chairman Ramesh Gupta, asked for help finding medical facilities for defenders suffering from COVID-19.
The audience witnessed the collapse of attorneys, including lead attorney Ramesh Gupta, who urged judges to come to their rescue and help them as they were not receiving medical treatment.
A bench of judges Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said they understood the pain the lawyers were suffering and called the situation a failure of the state.
“We understand your pain. We are going through the same thing. This increase in COVID has such a large number … no one could have imagined that this will attack us in this way … Finance is not the problem here. The problem is infrastructure.
“The problem is that we do not have doctors, nurses, assistants, oxygen, and medicines. It is a complete failure of the state,” the bank said, adding that “it is getting more difficult for us.”
The court was hearing a petition requesting medical facilities for lawyers.
Mr. Gupta, on behalf of the petitioning attorney, alleged that a private hospital agreed to provide medical treatment to the attorneys, but only has oxygen beds and not ICU beds, and urged the court to connect them with a hospital that can provide critical care in case of need.
He said they don’t want money, they just want the lawyers to be given medical help in the event of an emergency and they raise more funds from their fellow advocates.
Mr. Gupta, who collapsed while addressing the court, said: “We want my lords to come to our rescue. We do not want to criticize anyone or any government. We have Rs 4-5 crore in our funds and we will arrange more than lawyers, we just want my gentlemen to help us. Sir kuch karo aap (Sir, please do something) “.
During the hearing, the permanent lawyer for the Delhi government, Santosh Kumar Tripathi, was also excited to inform the court about the passing of a lawyer friend due to COVID-19 and said that “every day we are losing our loved ones.”
Mr. Gupta also alleged that there is a hospital in Dwarka in the name of Indira Gandhi that is under construction for the past 8 years and is almost finished, and urged the court to provide 100 oxygen beds for lawyers there.
Meanwhile, an official from an oxygen filling unit told the court that they were regularly giving their accounts to the Delhi government and doing their best.
The court asked them to continue to do that and serve society in these difficult times.
“It is a war, as a society and community, we cannot let people suffer from the greed of others who are indulging in black marketing. This creates an artificial shortage. Desperate people have to buy black oxygen cylinders and medicines. That money is from It is of no use. We have to bring out the best and not the worst right now. This is not the time to indulge in black marketing, certainly not, “observed the bank.
The reload unit officer assured the court that they were helping in every way possible and that Delhi government officials were handling the work at their plant and Delhi police officers were handling the crowd there.