Sham asks opponents to wait for court verdict

SRINAGAR:  A day after Forum Against Spurious Drugs (FASD), a civil society group, threatened to launch an agitation if the PHE Minster Sham Lal Sharma was not dropped from the cabinet for his alleged role in spurious drug scam which took place when he was minister in charge for Health, Sharma said that he can’t make any comments on the allegations as the case was sub juidice.

“The investigation will reveal itself about my role in the case. Why should people make presumptions?” Sharma told KNS on Friday.

He said that people should respect the judiciary and other investigating agencies and wait for the verdict. “There is no politics in it. Let the verdict of court come, we will accept it whatever the decision it takes,” he added.

Earlier, a newly formed forum headed by President of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan thretened to intensify the agitation against the drug scam.

Hassan who has been elected chairman of the FASD said that they have no faith in the probe being done by Crime Branch and State Vigilance Commission in the fake drug scam.

“Crime Branch (CB) is shielding former Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma. In the preliminary investigations by the CB, the name of Sharma appears nowhere although he was the minister incharge,” he alleged.

“Till Sharma is in cabinet, free and fair probe into the case is impossible. If state government is serious about the case, they should drop Sharma from the cabinet,” he demanded.

Dr Hassan termed the role of central government in the case as disgusting. “The UPA government dropped two union minister when corruption charges surfaced against them. But here in Kashmir no action has been taken against the minister and thoses whose names have surfaced in the fake drug scam,” he claimed.

The FSAD is an amalgam of DAK, Kashmir Economic alliance, High Court Bar Association, Medical Employees joint Action Forum and J&K RTI Movement.

The Forum claimed that the spurious drug menace in society was not an aberration “but it seems a state backed phenomenon, the feeling of which we get by the insensitive and irresponsible attitude of the government as there are all round efforts on to hush up the matter with a sinister design to protect the culprits involved in the scam, thereby endangering the life of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in general.”

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