The Bombay High Court’s Aurangabad bench took serious notice of “defective” ventilators supplied to the Marathwada area through PM Cares funds on Tuesday, and ordered the Central Government’s lawyer to notify the court about the action to be taken against the supplier and the remedial steps to be taken to address the problem.
Following news reports, the High Court noted that out of 150 ventilators distributed through PM Cares funds in the area, 113 ventilators have been found to be faulty, with the exception of 37 ventilators that have yet to be unboxed. “We find the situation as regards to dysfunctional ventilators through the PM Cares fund to be quite serious…ventilators are believed to be lifesaving instruments and malfunctioning can put lives of patients in danger,” the HC said.
The HC has asked Ajay G Talhar, the Additional Solicitor General, to notify it of the corrective measures taken if the ventilators are faulty. A division bench of Justices Ravindra V Ghuge and Bhalchandra U Debadwar was hearing a suo motu PIL based on news reports to discuss Covid-19 patients’ funeral rites and medical oxygen shortages, and Remdesivir black marketing, among other things.
Amicus Curiae is a legal term that refers to a person who is The court named Satyajeet S Bora to assist it with the litigation, and he submitted news stories about non-functional ventilators.