Navneet Kalra, a Delhi-based businessman accused of selling oxygen concentrators at exorbitant prices, was apprehended from a farmhouse in Gurgaon.
Amid the shortage of oxygen in the national capital, police had found 500 oxygen concentrators, medical equipment was in high demand as it can generate high-concentration oxygen, from Kalra’s three restaurants. The restaurants were raided earlier this month and the police has been looking for him ever since.
Last week, Mr. Kalra sought protection from arrest in a Delhi court. He stated that he was willing to participate in the investigation. The court, on the other hand, stated that the allegations against him were serious and that he needed to be interrogated in jail. His bail request is being denied. The court has ordered to seize his phone because it allegedly includes incriminating WhatsApp chats with customers as well as details of calls made to other accused.
Four employees of Matrix Cellular company, including its CEO and vice president, and one employee of Town Hall restaurant had also been arrested in the case, though all of them are now out on bail. Mr. Kalra is facing charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy, among others.
Last week, the public prosecutor in the black marketing case claimed that the oxygen concentrators Mr. Kalra was selling were unsuitable for COVID-19 treatment because they could only produce 20.8 percent pure oxygen.
Amid the second wave of the pandemic, the capital has been dealing with quite serious rate of infections, as of result of which it created shortage for hospital beds, medical oxygen, and essential medicines.