On Monday the Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea by the Gautam Gambhir Foundation against a Delhi High Court’s order. Delhi High Court allowed proceedings against it for alleged hoarding of drugs like Fabiflu and oxygen for distribution among patients during the second Covid wave.
A bench of Justice D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah told the Foundation’s counsel senior advocate Kailash Vasdev “ People were running helter-skelter for medicines and drugs, suddenly a trust comes and says we will give you medicines. This is not done”.
The council sought a stay on the High Court’s order based on which the Drug Controller had inquired and prima facie found the foundation and some AAP MLAs guilty of collecting Fabiflu and oxygen for distribution among patients.
Gautam Gambhir, a former cricketer, is at present a Lok Sabha MP from Delhi.
The bench also pointed out people were constrained to pay high prices during the crisis. In May the Delhi High Court had said politicians have no business to collect stocks of Covid-19 medicines and oxygen because of a shortage in supply.