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DCGI to probe distribution of FabiFlu by Gautam Gambhir: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court has ordered the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to probe the hoarding of vital COVID medicines by BJP MP Gautam Gambhir and medical oxygen by AAP MLAs Priti Tomar and Praveen Kumar.

A division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh was witnessing a petition demanding the registration of FIRs against political group leaders who were accumulating and unlawfully delivering covid 19 medications, restricting the public access to the medicines. 

Advocate Virag Gupta specifically argued that Gautam Gambhir’s act of hoarding and offering medicines to citizens without establishing a medical camp demonstrates that there was an interconnection between him, chemists, and doctors that the Court must scrutinize.

Accepting governmental notice of the fact that FabiFlu was in limited supply at the time when Gambhir was reselling the drug, the court noted that Gautam Gambhir has been a sports personality and, without a doubt, he must have had noble motives, but the way he has gone about it, he has actually done a disservice, however unintentionally.     

The High Court further took notice of AAP MLAs Preeti Tomar and Praveen Kumar’s acquisition of oxygen cylinders and instructed that an examination be performed by the drug authority. The court stressed that the statute must be followed.   

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