The Delhi High Court on Monday said political leaders have no business to “freeze” stock of COVID-19 drugs already in shortage and the drugs should be surrendered, as allegations against politicians on the issue But dissatisfaction was expressed on the investigation by Delhi Police. , Calling the report “vague and white”.
Delhi Police had told the High Court that political leaders, including BJP MP Gautam Gambhir and All India Youth Congress President BV Srinivas, who were accused of hoarding COVID-19 drugs, were voluntarily helping people get medical aid. Were and none has been done. Cheated.
Presentations by the police in its status report, however, did not go well with the court.
“Just because some political figures are involved, you will not investigate, we will not allow it,” the court said, adding that if the police would investigate specific allegations against each person and then file a report, it would Appreciate it. Some political leaders were accused of hoarding and distribution of drugs in the national capital, including Remdesvir.
The court told the police, “How many people have died due to lack of these drugs, do you realize? So fix some responsibility.”
However, the court said that since it has been speculated that these drugs were purchased for public donations, it hopes and hopes that they have not been hoarded for political gains.
The court was hearing a PIL seeking registration of an FIR on allegations that politicians are capable of procuring huge amounts and distributing COVID-19 medicines, while patients take pillars from the pillar Were running away
A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh asked the police to file a better status report within a week, which would clearly state how the drugs, which were in severe shortage and sold at high rates in the black market , Quantity purchased by a large number of individuals. It also asked the amicus curiae to prepare a report on the issue.
“Political leaders have no business accumulating stock of these drugs. We expect them to surrender to the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), who will distribute it to poor and needy people in government hospitals. To do this. This is the best way. Public service, “it said, adding that if their intention is to do public good, they should go and surrender the stock themselves.
The police said in its status report that political leaders, including cricketer-turned-politician Mr. Gambhir, are actually helping people get medical aid in the form of drugs, oxygen and related items, and have not taken any money and have no money Has not cheated.
The police, represented through Permanent Lawyer Sanjay Lau, said that the alleged cases were being investigated day by day and apart from Mr. Gambhir and Srinivas, its officials interrogated the President of Delhi Pradesh Congress, among others. is. Committee Chaudhary Anil Kumar, former Congress MLA Mukesh Sharma, BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana and AAP MLA Dilip Pandey.
The officials also questioned Congress (Delhi) vice-president Ali Mehdi, Congress (Delhi) block president Ashok Baghel and former MP Bijnor Shahid Siddiqui.
“Investigations so far have shown that people who are accused of hoarding drugs, etc., are actually helping people get medical help in the form of medicine, oxygen, plasma, or hospital beds, The person making the inquiry has not charged any money. Money for the assistance provided, and thus no one has been cheated. The distribution / assistance has been voluntary and without any discrimination, “the police report states .
The police sought six weeks to investigate the issue and conclude the investigation, which the court rejected on the grounds that the epidemic was going on and the police force would stand up to the crisis as it is a duty for the citizens. .
The court asked, “What does this vague and whitewash investigation mean? How can you be lax about it? The epidemic is just now, you have to act now. We are making it clear that we will not accept this. We Meaning business. You have had enough time, it is completely unacceptable. Political parties have no business to control this epidemic… “
The bench said that people would have to take appropriate action and that they have no reason to buy these drugs in bulk and distribute them to gain goodwill, while others are forced to buy it in black at very high prices.
This involved the drug controller as a party in the proceedings and issued him a notice for 24 May.
Mr. Gambhir, in his statement to the police, which is part of its report, said that as a public representative, he would do whatever is possible within his means, especially to the people during the present time of the epidemic. There is also a need for support, it is bound to expand. That any effort by any citizen towards relief for the common man should be welcomed in this difficult time.
He said that the medicines were distributed free of cost for public welfare and cooperation.
The chairman of the Hrudayuya Foundation and the national level shooter, petitioner Deepak Singh, have questioned how politicians can purchase large stocks of medicine without the necessary permission under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, when the general public was not getting this medicine. .
When the police claimed that a particular doctor had procured these medicines and through them some of the leaders had taken stock, the court said that prima facie it was difficult to believe that any doctor would go to the market to buy these drugs in large quantities Will buy in There is a shortage of medicines.
Mr Lau submitted that if the court passed the order, the police would confiscate the stock today.
On this, the bench said that it will not give the order of confiscation and if there is a provision for it in the law, then the police will do their work.
It states that if a cognizable offense is committed, the court expects the police to file an FIR.
The High Court had earlier asked the police to investigate the cases of politicians allegedly procuring and distributing Remadecivir in the national capital.
Advocate Virag Gupta, representing Deepak Singh, said that strict action should be taken against the concerned politicians.
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