Spurious Drugs & Hurriyat

Although law will take its own course & as a citizen of India , I have full confidence in Indian Constitution & its judiciary. 

But the arrest of Jammu based drug distributors isn’t going well with my thoughts. These arrests coincides with Hurriyat call for protests against supply of spurious drugs to Kashmir hospitals. Though the questions related to drug control were topic of discussion for a longtime. Was it to play a tune that suits a particular lobby that too when culprits are from marginalized exiled community in Jammu. 

I will try further analyse the case but if the said culprits are proved guilty then Mr Raina & MR Gadoo should be given severe punishment but the decision to examine them should be done by CBI rather than J&K Govt as KPs & minorities in J&K have least trust on the establishment post 1990.

Chemical composition of Drug

Amoxicillin Trihydrate IP` equivalent to Amoxicillin 500 mg and `Potassium Clavulanate Diluted IP` equivalent to Clavulanate Acid 125 mg, by quoting the rate for 10X10 tablets @ Rs 428.40 for the drug manufactured by M/s Medley Pharmaceuticals Ltd under the brand name Maximizin-625.

The Charge 

An authorization certificate purportedly issued by M/s Medley Pharmaceuticals Ltd was also produced and the rates quoted by the supplier were found the lowest by the Purchase Committee-II.

“During the probe it was found that the M/s Medley Pharmaceuticals Ltd had not issued any authorization to M/s Lifeline Pharmaco Surgicals and the documents were forged to secure the supply contact”,

So this is a separate issue all together ! Needs introspection.

The Govt spokesman said that the officials of the Purchase Committee-II, without verifying the tender documents and credentials of the supplier approved the rate contract by abusing their official position, causing wrongful gain to the suppliers and huge loss to the public exchequer and threatening the lives of the people. As per Sources “They are just distributors of the drug which is manufactured in Dehradoon. This drug is being marketed by them only. They got tender for supply of drugs to hospitals after clearance from J&K government. 

If Govt official fails to verify the tender he/she should be arrested not the contractor unless Govt of J&K proves the graft or KP entrepreneurs corrupted by contractor which they haven’t.   Where are the drug distributors & small agencies supposed to do chemical testing of the drugs?  That certificate is manufacture driven & lab reports validated by Govt agency at source.

Real Issue

Primafacie it looks to be a matter of hushing up the case rather than addressing the root cause of the problem which J&K state hasnt done for long. Make some sacrificial distributors guilty wont solve the issue when J&K lacks coordinated efforts to verify & validate the drugs distributed or manufactured in or outside J&K . 

Another set of people are looking at the conspiracy to break this business from Jammu & take it to Kashmir directly & since Hurriyat is up in arms , as such if guilty are from nationalistic community of J&K , they can make a case out of their political wisdom.

Govt of J&K too needs some quick sacrificial anodes. The culprits here belong to a community which has no criminal record & have been law abiding citizens in every part of the world.  Govt so far has a very weak case to justify itself. We request & demand a CBI enquiry before our brethren are beaten & subjected to third degree torture during remand at the behest of some elements who would love to see them guilty.

Veer JI Wangoo
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