In the wake of Supreme Court appointed Oxygen Audit Panel’s interim report, which claimed that the Arvind Kejriwal government got four times more oxygen than required in the critical spell of April 25-May 4, and that it hit the supply of 12 other States reeling under the Covid-19 Second Wave onslaught, the social media is targeting Indian judiciary for its diktats to Centre and wondering if they be called “oxygen thief” or worse indicted for “blood on their hands.”
OpIndia has strung together a few reactions from netizens on Indian judiciary, and it seems Justice DY Chandrachud in particular is the target of their ire or anger.
On May 7, Justice Chandrachud had directed the Centre thus: “We want 700 (MT of oxygen) to be supplied to Delhi and we mean business. It has to be supplied and we don’t want to be coercive.”
One netizen has tweeted: “True, Chandrachud is as much a murderer as Kejriwal is.”
True, Chadrachud is as much a murderer as Kejriwal is .
They caused hundreds of patients die in Haryana, UP etc., while tankers diverted to Delhi remain in waiting for days, for oxygen to be evacuated/unloaded. https://t.co/Z4jhLBJP8A
— à¤¹à¤® à¤à¤¾à¤°à¤¤ à¤•à¥‡ à¤²à¥‹à¤— (@India_Policy) June 26, 2021
One twitterati commented that it’s “hard to figure who is a bigger danger to the society: Kejriwal or our Lords. At least Kejriwal was elected by people…what of these unaccountable and supremely arrogant tyrants?”.
Hard to figure who is a bigger danger to the society. Kejriwal or our Lords. At least Kejriwal was elected by people..what of these unaccountable and supremely arrogant tyrants? https://t.co/R2hbwF3qFc
— Ram (@ramprasad_c) June 26, 2021
The language used by netizens bordered on foul on Indian judiciary. One comment read:
“Judiciary also has blood on their hands. Who will grab this person’s caller and ask him on what basis he demanded 700 MT of oxygen.”
Judiciary also has blood on their hands
— Shriniwas (@ShrrinG) June 26, 2021
One comment read: “In any sovereign country this man would be punished for risking lives of millions…”
In any sovereign country this man would be punished for risking life of millions people.
But we are VISHWAGOORU naa ðŸ™ https://t.co/SmSE6czzcl
— à¤¸à¥à¤¤à¤²à¥€ à¤¬à¤® (@rssmverma) June 26, 2021
Some were extremely upset by what they termed as judicial over-reach. “We need to take the menace of judicial over-reach seriously. This is good example of how judiciary poking their nose in others business results into. They should be made accountable. They should be made responsible for the deaths due to lack of oxygen in other States.”
We need to take the menace of judicial over-reach seriously. This is good example of how judiciary poking their nose in others business results into. They should be made accountable. They should be made responsible for the deaths due to lack of oxygen in other states. https://t.co/vlpwAc18BE
— Wulph (@bhediyaa) June 26, 2021
Some simply stated: “Impeach this Oxygen Thief.”
Impeach this Oxygen thief. ðŸ‘‡ https://t.co/AAzwa0ovs3
— /thesourav ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³ (@tweetingsourav) June 26, 2021
One twitterati, wondered how would “milords” judge themselves in this “heinous mismanagement.”
Arbitrary allocation of oxygen for capital while patients from other states died gasping for breath leaving tales of trauma and sorrow.
Will milord sentence themselves for this heinous mismanagement or hide themselves in the political blame game? https://t.co/FoX4eilWic
— LippieðŸŒ¸ (@Mukut_Hortico) June 26, 2021
Some quoted newspaper reports and asked: “If there is even one bit of democracy and sense of responsibility left…this co-conspirator, Cosmic Chanda, should be impeached and prosecuted for mass-murder of 1000s of people during Corona 2nd Wave.”
If there is even one bit of democracy and sense of responsibility left in Indian politicians, this co-conspirator, Cosmic Chanda, should be impeached & prosecuted for mass-muπder of 1000s of people during Corona 2nd wave. https://t.co/BAnXt0MQBK pic.twitter.com/3jZaqbrvKo
— Neta Ji 2.0 (@AapGhumaKeLeL0) June 26, 2021
One netizens said this entire episode underlines the fact that “Courts should not make executive decisions.”
Will Justice Chandrachud say sorry he diverted Oxygen needed for real patients in other states. This is why Courts should not make executive decisions https://t.co/vdi3BD5CuK
— Ghajabiram Sriramulu (@SimplerHuman) June 26, 2021
All this lowers the image and prestige of India’s judiciary and serves a warning, given the sensitivity of the situation when thousands of citizens have lost lives. It’s a moment to ponder for India’s judiciary too that in their eagerness to help the citizenry, they ought to appear working shoulder-to-shoulder with governments in alleviating the situation rather than appear to be making grandstands which, even though well-intentioned, appears a blame-game to a casual observer which could hamper, and not help, the executive on the task at hand.
Meanwhile there were brickbats for Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia too who was outlandish in questioning the authenticity of the interim report of oxygen audit panel. It was even asserted that the intermit oxygen audit report even didn’t exist when it was already in public domain that the Delhi government had received the report more than a fortnight ago.