On March 21, 2020, the Department of Consumer Affairs fixed the prices of two-ply masks at Rs 8 and three-ply at Rs 10 and sanitizer bottle of 200 ml at Rs 100. The petitioners claimed that in practicality, these items were sold at inflated prices. The petition sought the apex Court’s intervention to ascertain that hand sanitizers and masks are made available at reasonable prices to the public at large.
Thus, a bench comprising of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Deepak Gupta directed the Union Government to address the complaints properly. And with that direction, the petition was disposed of.