Drug Inspector and Pharma officials held in bribery case

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first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Friday arrested a drug inspector of the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) under bribery charges in a case where officials of the CDSCO were allegedly demanding bribes in exchange for approving cardiac medication that had already failed tests by the testing authority.The Central Bureau of Investigation had booked Ankur Bansal, a drug inspector with the CDSCO along with the Managing Director of Kwality Pharmaceuticals and other officials of the pharma company in the case, where Bansal had demanded Rs 1.5 lakh to approve a cardiac medication called dobutamine. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Agency sleuths also arrested officials of Kwality Pharmaceuticals in the case, including the Managing Director, a director, the Chief Pharmacist and a driver. Officials here said that premises of the accused in Amritsar and Delhi were also searched. According to the probe agency’s case, Kwality Pharmaceuticals had manufactured a dobutamine injection, which is most commonly used in cardiac surgery to give a boost to cardiac functioning, in case of sudden heart failure. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, when the injection was sent to the CDSCO for testing, the samples of the medication failed the required tests and Ramesh Arora, the MD of the company challenged the test results, sending another batch of samples to the test laboratories. Subsequently, Karunakar Tiwari, Kwality’s Chief Pharmacist allegedly approached Bansal with Arora and sought to “settle the matter” on July 18. A few days later, Bansal told Tiwari that the second batch of samples had also failed the tests and that he would need to visit Kwality’s premises in Amritsar to investigate. While officials of Kwality and Bansal were negotiating the bribe amount required to close the case and get a favourable decision, Bansal had indicated that senior officials of the CDSCO were also involved in the scam. The CBI’s investigation in the case continues as all the arrested were sent to four days of CBI custody on August 14.last_img

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