Acknowledging the deaths of patients in Chamarajanagar due to lack of oxygen, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday gave central and state governments a one-hour deadline to explain the lack of oxygen in Karnataka.

The court ordered the central government to inform before 2:30 pm on the increase in the allocation of oxygen in Karnataka because the Center allocated only 865 tons against 1,700 tons requisitioned by the state.

And the state government has been asked to explain whether it is only using 441 tonnes of oxygen per day as of April 28, as stated in a Supreme Court order. The order of the Supreme Court recorded that Karnataka had the capacity to produce 625 tons per day, the need was 770 tons and the allocation made by the central government is 802 tons. The state government had told the High Court that it estimated the need at 1,400 tonnes as of April 30, while the central government has allocated 802 tonnes.

A special division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Judge Aravind Kumar issued the directions around 1:15 p.m. while advancing the hearing on PILs related to COVID-19 issues to take note of the death of ” at least 24 COVID-19 patients in Chamarajanagar District Hospital District on May 2-3 due to lack of oxygen. The regular hearing for these DIPs was originally posted for May 5th.

Although the judiciary has indicated that it is in favor of ordering a judicial inquiry into the oxygen shortage incident in Chamarajanagar and other incidents in Kalaburagi and elsewhere, the attorney general said the government had opened a preliminary investigation and a full investigation. can be ordered as soon as the preliminary investigation report is available.

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