Delhi High Court declines to grant interim protection to Navneet Kalra; Anticipatory Bail plea to be heard on May 18
14 May 2021
The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to give Navneet Kalra any temporary relief in the oxygen concentrator black marketing case being investigated by the Delhi Police. I'm convinced by the trial court's (order refusing anticipatory bail, the Court said, adding that it was not inclined to issue any protective orders at this time.) The court postponed the hearing on Kalra's anticipatory bail plea until May 18. Justice Subramonium Prasad, who had also heard the case yesterday evening, presided over the hearing today.
Additional Solicitor General SV Raju requested an adjournment, claiming that due to recent events, more time was needed to file a response before the Court. I'd like the matter adjourned until Tuesday. There has been a lot of progress. According to Raju, there are shell firms. Kalra may not be said to be in breach of the Essential Commodities Act in the absence of a government order capping the price of oxygen concentrators, according to advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Singhvi urged the Court to adjourn the case until Monday and to offer temporary protection after making submissions on the Drug Price Control Order. It's only fair that the matter isn't brought up again until Monday. This isn't a beggar's game for me. He said, "I'm on my right." During the course of the hearing, ASG Raju emphasised that the Kalra's anticipatory bail was not "exceptional" enough to merit a hearing on a holiday. What is so great about an anticipatory bail, Raju remarked, is that it was heard yesterday at 7 p.m. outside of court hours. After an Additional Sessions Judge in Saket Court declined to grant him anticipatory bail, Kalra went to the High Court, claiming that a custodial inquiry by Delhi Police was needed to uncover the entire plot.