Spurious Drugs Scam: CB Submits Report

SRINAGAR: Crime Branch on Thursday submitted its report in fake drug scam before the Court while the Court declined to pass any relief to one of the accused pharmaceutical companies in this case.

According to reports, Crime Branch which investigates the spurious drug scam submitted its report before the court. The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice M.M.Kumar and Ali Mohammad Magray listed the case on 20th of this month for next hearing.

M/S Affy Parenterals, one of the accused companies in the scam moved an application before the court stating that the company would fully cooperate with the investigation provided the Crime Branch stop harassing them. The Court out rightly declined to pass any relief in that application filed by M/S Affy Parenterals.

In an open court remark, Chief Justice, M.M.Kumar said that it is the most heinous crime and nobody will be spared. “Nobody will be allowed to play with the lives of patients and those involved in the scandal will not be spared as it is more heinous as murder,” Kumar said.

Pleading on behalf of doctors body, Advocate Fayaz Ahmed Bhat made a submission that that Purchasing Committee had given the approval for supplying drugs to Medly Pharmaceuticals and yet the CPC entertained the supply despite the fact that supply was labeled as Affy Parentals. The Court recorded his submission dully and assured that if proved stern action will be taken against all the persons involved in the scam.

Giving details about the Crime Branch report, Advocate Fayaz said that CB has maintained that Drug Controller Satish Gupta was never part of the purchasing Committee so he can be a member of the probe-panel and can conduct inquiry. 

“CB has maintained that the investigation in the case was going on and so for the accused have been arrested and questioned,” he said.

For the first time to defend former Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma, his council appeared before the court in Srinagar on Thursday.

The council for Sharma submitted that his client has not received any notice formally through honourable court and sought some time. “My client has not received any notice formally. We need some time for defence,” advocate Satish submitted.

The court directed him to submit a response report till 20th of this month. The court further directed Sham Lal Sharma to appear in person on next hearing.

Meanwhile, Kashmir Bar Association filed a petition seeking that the Bar should impleaded as petitioners in the case, which the court dully accepted. (CNS)

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