HC seeks AAP govt stand on plea against Rs 800 price cap on RT-PCR tests



The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's response on a plea challenging its decision in fixing a cap of Rs 800 on Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for detecting COVID-19 infection in the national capital.

Justice Navin Chawla issued notice to the Delhi government and sought its stand on the plea by an Association of Practising Pathologists which has contended that the price fixed would not cover the cost of consumables to be used in the test.

The association also contended that the price cap cannot be made applicable to TrueNAT and CBNAAT tests, which are used to detect COVID-19 infection, as they use cartridges which are very expensive.

The court also noted that the three tests are not common and hence a common price cannot be fixed for them. (PTI)


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