Blatantly Discriminatory, Unthinkable: Delhi HC Slams Kejriwal Govt For Turning 5 Star Hotel Into Covid Centre For Judges

Blatantly Discriminatory, Unthinkable: Delhi HC Slams Kejriwal Govt For Turning 5 Star Hotel Into Covid Centre For JudgesDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

A Delhi High Court bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli on Tuesday (27 April) came down heavily on Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government for reserving 100 rooms in 5 Star Ashoka Hotel for its judges and other judicial staffers as Covid centres.

As reported by Live Law, the High Court took strong objection by stating that the government cannot create such an exclusive facility and that the court has not made any request for one. The court consequently asked the government to take corrective action.

"Its unthinkable that we as an institution will want any preferential treatment...Can we as an institution say that create a special facility for us? Will this not be blatantly discriminatory that people can't get treatment and there is a facility in five star hotel for us", the bench observed.

The bench also slammed the Kejriwal government for "passing orders left right and centre without actually bothering to do anything about it". It also observed that the Kejriwal government is making a facility which the court did not ask for and doing its job on paper.

The court also objected to the government for making Primus Hospital manage the 5 star Covid facility by stating that the hospital has no manpower or doctors to spare.

The court also disapproved Delhi government counsel Rahul Mehra's defence of the media perceiving and projecting the matter in a particular light by observing that the media is not wrong in this regard as the order itself is erroneous.

The Delhi government has been facing flak for alleged mismanagement in tackling Coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, the Jaipur Golden hospital criticised Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia’s statement that hospitals are making unnecessary SOS calls. “Should hospitals wait without oxygen? How long after a patient dies should hospitals issue SOS," the hospital reacted.