The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is on the backfoot after a panel set up by the Suprmee Court said that Delhi government had exaggerated oxygen requirement by upto four times during the Covid-19 second wave.
Addressing the media here, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the audit panel had not approved or signed any report yet.
"BJP leaders have been talking about a so-called report which states that there was no O2 shortage in Delhi during COVID peak and Delhi exaggerated its O2 requirement by 4 times. Let me tell you that the report BJP has been quoting doesn't even exist," he said.
"Supreme Court constituted Oxygen Audit Committee has not approved any report yet. Then, which is this report that BJP leaders have been quoting? I challenge BJP to bring this report signed by members of Oxygen Audit Committee."
Earlier today, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused the Delhi government of speaking lies on oxygen need, adding that "this is a heinous crime committed by Arvind Kejriwal".
Notably, the Delhi government had earlier opposed the Centre's plea for auditing oxygen utilisation in the national capital in the Supreme Court and requested the Supreme Court to order an audit of what it said was the "Centre's arbitrary allocation of oxygen and mismanagement of transportation to Delhi".
According to a report by the oxygen audit committee set up by the Supreme Court, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi had exaggerated oxygen requirement by upto four times during the Covid-19 second wave.
"The Delhi government's claim of 1,140 Metric Tonnes was four times the calculated consumption as per bed formula, which was 289 MT only," said the panel in its interim report. It added that the average consumption of oxygen in Delhi was between 284 to 372 MT.
"The excess supply of oxygen affected other states in need of oxygen," the panel led by AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said