‘Gautam Gambhir foundation, two AAP MLAs booked’ | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s drugs control department has told Delhi high court that it has prosecuted Gautam Gambhir Foundation and AAP MLAs Imran Hussain and Praveen Kumar for allegedly stocking and distributing Covid drugs illegally during the infection’s second wave.
Based on the inquiries made by the investigating team, a prosecution in the court of law was launched against Gautam Gambhir Foundation, its trustees and CEO on July 8 for “contravening the provisions of Section 18(c) read with Section 27(b)(ii) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940,” the department stated in a report.
Section 18(c) prohibits manufacture, sale and distribution of drugs without a licence and Section 27(b)(ii) makes sale, distribution without valid licence punishable with imprisonment for a term not less than three years and with fine.
The prosecution against Kumar is for similar offences under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, according to the response submitted by the department. Cases have been filed in a magistrate’s court, after giving these persons/entities an opportunity to submit their explanation, it said.
The controller added that sales licences of dealers and retailers who sold favipiravir tablets, a Covid-19 drug, and medical oxygen to Gautam Gambhir Foundation for running a medical camp have also been suspended for 10 days for contravening the provisions of the law.
Hussain, who allegedly stocked and distributed medical oxygen without holding requisite licence under the law, is also facing prosecution for similar offences.
The status report was filed in a PIL seeking lodging of an FIR on the allegations that politicians are able to procure and distribute in huge quantities Covid-19 medicines even as patients were running from pillar to post to get them. The court had, on an earlier occasion, pulled up the drug controller for not conducting a proper inquiry as to how Gambhir got the huge quantities of Fabiflu.


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