New Delhi: The Delhi High Court was informed on Thursday that the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has found the Gautam Gambhir Foundation guilty of unauthorisedly stocking, procuring, and distributing Fabiflu medicine to COVID-19 patients.
According to the reports, the DCGI was submitting a new report to the court after it was rebuked for giving a clean chit to Gambhir's foundation earlier. The Drugs Controller submitted that action would be taken without delay against the organisation, drug dealers as also in other such cases which would be brought to its notice.
The court was informed that Praveen Kumar, AAP MLA has also been found guilty of similar offences under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
On May 17, the Delhi High Court expressed its displeasure with the Delhi Police clean chit to nine politicians, including cricketer-turned-BJP MP Gautam Gambhir and Indian Youth Congress (IYC) President B.V. Srinivas, in a matter connected with alleged hoarding of COVID medicines.
The division bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh had ordered a fresh report and investigation on Monday. However, the court was satisfied with the Drugs Controller report filed for another AAP MLA Preeti Tomar. The same division bench had earlier ordered the controller to conduct an investigation against her as well under similar charges.
The Drugs Controller, on Thursday, was asked to file status reports on further progress in these cases within six weeks by the court. The matter has been listed for hearing on July 29.
The court proceedings follow a PIL that questioned how the politicians were able to procure huge quantities of certain medicines, required for treatment of COVID-19 and distribute them when patients and medical stores were facing acute shortages, according to the reports.