Fake Drugs Supplied to Jammu Too, Kashmiris Frustrated: Sham Lal

Ex-Health Minister Names Private Firm, Evades Questions On Inaction

SRINAGAR: Facing doctors’ charges of supplying fake drugs to Kashmir hospitals, former health minister Sham Lal Sharma on Friday said spurious drugs had been supplied in Jammu also and the people in Kashmir were “frustrated” to raise a hue and cry.

“It is sheer frustration on the part of the people in Kashmir that they are raising a hue and cry over spurious drugs while the fact is that these drugs were supplied to Jammu-based hospitals as well,” Sharma, who now holds the PHE portfolio, was quoted by the CNS as having said at a press conference in Jammu.

Sharma claimed he had no role in supplying the fake drugs, and sought to absolve his chief polling agent, Ashok Sharma, whom the Doctors Association here has said was in league in the fake drugs supply.

“Fake drugs were supplied by Life Line Pharma Surgical, 130/4 Dream City, Mutthi, Jammu under license number JK-7962-63. Its proprietors, Akhil Guddo son of I.K.Gudoo resident of 109 Tamal Colony, Bohri Talab Tillo Jammu and Amardeep Raina son of B.N.Raina 436A Vinayek Nagar Sector 2 Mutthi, Jammu are directly responsible for supplying fake drugs to state hospitals,” he said.

But when asked why he had not lodged an FIR against the proprietors despite knowing this, he refused to answer.

“It is baseless that these drugs were supplied to Kashmir-based hospitals only. A particular newspaper is misleading people and leaves no stone unturned in holding me responsible for all this. We supplied two lakh capsules to Kashmir-based hospitals but we also supplied seventy thousand such capsules in Jammu as well,” Sharma said.

When reporters asked why there was no uproar in Jammu over the spurious drugs scam, he had no answer.

Sham Lal Sharma said that his chief polling agent Ashok Sharma had no role in the scam.

“An enquiry committee has already been constituted and we are waiting for its report. It is not Ashok Sharma but the proprietors of Life Pharma who are involved in this scam,” he said.

He claimed that the Doctors Association of Kashmir has no registration. However, when he was asked why had not taken any action against the DAK when he was the health minister, Sharma did not reply.

When reporters pointed out that it was not the DAK only but the people of Kashmir and Civil Society who were demanding his immediate arrest, the former health minister did not respond.

Sharma said that allegations that he had issued drugs licenses indiscriminately were baseless.

“I issued some 4,000 drug licenses only. It is absolutely wrong that as  health minister I issued more than 10,000 drug licenses,” he said.

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