‘You are shooting the messengers’: SC pulls up Delhi government over action against doctors

The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that the response of the Delhi government on patient care was vague and incomplete, reported Live Law. “Your affidavit shows everything is excellent in Delhi,” Justice Ashok Bhushan said sarcastically as the top court asked Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, representing Delhi, to submit a “better affidavit”. The bench will hear the matter again on Friday.

The bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah pulled up the Delhi authorities for targeting doctors and healthcare workers. “All unfortunate steps that have been taken from your end must be withdrawn,” said Justice Kaul. Justice Bhushan called nurses and doctors soldiers in the war against Covid-19. “If you don’t treat the soldiers well then how will you win the war?” he asked.

The court castigated the Delhi authorities for its actions against doctors who have been critical and have highlighted the government’s apathy. “You have suspended the ones who have shot a video of doctors,” said Justice Bhushan. “You are shooting messages, doctor and paramedics. You are sending a wrong signal.”

Justice Kaul said the Delhi government’s approach seemed to be that “you’re filing FIRs against doctors”. “You are suppressing numbers and threatening doctors,” he added.

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