Covid-19 medicines hoarding by politicians: Delhi HC takes note; seeks report from police
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has taken cognisance of a plea that alleges hoarding of COVID-19 medicines by political leaders. This comes at a time when the national capital is witnessing a major shortage in its health infrastructure and medical resources. The Delhi HC has sought a report from the Delhi Police in connection with this matter.The plea also names several politicians who are hoarding the important medicines which are required in the treatment of COVID-19. BJP MP Gautam Gambhir has also been named in the plea, along with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BJP president CR Patil has also been named. Watch the video to know more.The Delhi Police has registered over 70 cases in connection with the hoarding and black-marketing of drugs and medical equipment and arrested 91 people.According to the data tweeted by Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava on Tuesday, 13 oximeters, 18 oxy pumps, two Remdesivir empty injections, three ambulances, nine open pressure regulators, 213 pulse oximeters, seven gas pipes, seven double gauge regulators and 1,591 other things were seized by police during separate raids."A total of 73 cases were registered in this regard. Of these, 49 cases were registered in connection with black-marketing and hoarding and 24 for cheating," he tweeted.Shrivastava said that 425 Remdesivir injections, 90 Favipiravir tablets, 213 oxygen cylinders, 225 oxygen concentrators, and 82 oxygen flow regulators were also recovered by the security personnel.The police have also arrested many for allegedly selling oxygen cylinders, Remdesivir injections and other medical equipment at exorbitant prices.On Monday, COVID-19 helpline number, 011-23469900, was shared by the cops to enable people to report such incidents of overcharging by ambulance providers, harassment faced at cremation grounds, black-marketing of life-saving drugs, oxygen and medical articles, and cheating and fraud for supplying coronavirus drugs.