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Delhi oxygen row: Can't say demand was inflated by four times, says AIIMS chief who led audit

The Delhi oxygen audit is an interim report, and a final report is awaited, Dr Randeep Guleria said, adding that the matter is currently in the Supreme Court.

June 26, 2021 / 04:32 PM IST
Several parts of India faced an acute shortage of medical oxygen at the peak of COVID-19 second wave (Representative image: AP)

Several parts of India faced an acute shortage of medical oxygen at the peak of COVID-19 second wave (Representative image: AP)

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) chief Dr Randeep Guleria, who led the team which audited Delhi's medical oxygen requirements, said it cannot be concluded for now whether the Arvind Kejriwal-led government inflated the oxygen demand by up to four times.

Dr Guleria's remarks come a day after sources linked to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released in the media an "interim report" which accused the Delhi government of "exaggerating" the national capital's oxygen demand by four times, thereby affecting the supply to other states.

The AIIMS director, while speaking to NDTV, said the Delhi oxygen audit is an interim report, and a final report is awaited. "The matter is in the Supreme Court. We need to wait and see what the top court says about it. Undercounting of active cases and other factors need to be considered," he said.

On being asked by the channel whether the Delhi government was found to have inflated the oxygen need by four times, Dr Guleria said, "I don't think we could say that".