Drugs Scam: HC Asks Govt to Submit Status Report

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court Monday asked the state government and crime branch to submit status reports on the action taken in the spurious drug scam so far. 

A division bench of the High Court asked the Advocate General M I Qadri to furnish a status report on the action taken by the government in the spurious drug scam case by the next date of hearing on May 23. 

The court also asked the IGP Crime to file a similar report on the status of investigations into the case. 

The bench is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), filed by the Doctors Association of Kashmir, who are seeking registering of criminal case against the then Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma and members of the Central Purchase Committee for allegedly procuring fake drugs for government hospitals in the state. 

HC observed that either Central Purchasing Committee members should be suspended or stern action taken against them. “The Division Bench comprises Chief Justice M.M.Kumar and Ali Mohammad Magray flayed government for not initiating any action against the CPC members. 

“No CPC member should be made a part of the probe panel as it gives a wrong notion. The Court observed that why any action was not initiated against the CPC members, either action to be initiated against them or they should be suspended,” the Court observed.

The Court also rebuked Crime Branch for not updating it regarding the case. It directed the Crime Branch to make its Investigating Officer (IO) available in the Court on every hearing and said that IO of Crime Branch must update the Court about the latest developments.

The Division Bench further sought complete details about the case and directed it to come up with latest developments. The case will be listed for the next hearing on Thursday. 

The supply of fake drugs case came to light when random laboratory analysis of an anti-biotic drug showed that there was no trace of Amoxycillin in it against the 500 mg claiming by the manufacturer.

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