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CBI agrees to investigate spurious drug case of Tripura

Agartala, Apr 20 (UNI) The CBI has agreed to investigate the five year old multi-crore scam in procurement of spurious drug in Tripura health department, which was earlier investigated by CID.
Officials here today said that the then Congress spokesperson and incumbent spokesperson of BJP Dr Ashok Sinha had been fighting for CBI probe into the scam but the previous government did not agree. Last year, after BJP-IPFT government came to power, Tripura government sent the proposal to Ministry of Personnel and Training seeking recommendation of the case to CBI.
Finally, CBI yesterday agreed to investigate the case.
Allegedly, CID in 2015 had submitted a politically biased charge-sheet in spurious drug procurement case of 2013 in the court, which could not punish anybody. Dr Sinha alleged that the left front government had handed over the case of spurious drug procurement case to CID when opposition political parties had exposed the corruption in November 2013.
The state health department had registered the case under section 120 B and 420 of IPC and amended provisions of Indian Drug and Cosmetic Act 2004 following pressure from the opposition. But it was not specific. Then Dr Sinha had filed a separate FIR against the then health minister Tapan Chakraborty, former Additional Chief Secretary Dr K V Satyanarayana, former Director Health Service Dr S R Debbarma and six other officials for their alleged involvement in procurement of spurious drugs from Himachal Pradesh based Vardhaman Pharma Ltd and distributed those for public consumption.
However, CID had concluded the investigation and submitted the charge-sheet to the court where provisions of Indian Drug and Cosmetic Act 2004 has been excluded and only three persons – owners of the company Minakhi Jani and M C Jain and chemist of the state drug testing laboratory Satyabrata Bhattacharjee were charged in the crime.
Dr Sinha alleged with the influence of the ruling CPI-M, CID excluded the provisions of drug and cosmetic Act during investigation to save the top officials of the state government who had approved the procurement order illegally from banned Vardhaman Pharma and had made the chemist a scapegoat.
Reiterating the demand for re-investigation of the case as per the FIR, Dr Sinha had stated that the state government had approved the order of procuring of non-standard drugs comprising with life saving injections Amikacin and Gentamycin, capsule Cloxacilline, tablets Amoxicillin, Antacid, Cefexime, Ciprofloxacin, Doxycycline, Erythromycin and Ofloxacin.
He also had filed a PIL in the apex court last year seeking CBI probe into the scam. After new government came to power, Dr Sinha raised the issue with the government and alleged due to consumption of such spurious drugs many people died in the various government hospitals in 2013.
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