Spurious medicine case: HC directs filing of affidavit

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Allahabad, Sep 16 (UNI) In a matter of manufacturing and sale of illegal/spurious drugs and medicines, the Allahabad High Court today directed the state officials, including Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) and Principal Secretary (Home) to file detailed counter affidavits with in three weeks.

Besides the DGP and the Principal Secretary (Home), the Court directed the UP Director General (Medicine and Health) and the drug controller to file the detailed counter affidavits, mentioning the number of raids that have been conducted in the past one year and the number of persons arrested.

The order was passed by a two Judges Bench, comprising Justice Amar Saran and Justice S C Nigam on a writ petition filed by one Brahmaji, resident of Bihar against whom an FIR has been lodged at Padrauna police station, district Kushinagar for dealing in spurious or sub-standard drugs and medicines and had collected a huge stockpile of such medicines in Padrauna town.

The petitioner had moved to the Court, challenging FIR lodged against him and to stay his arrest in the matter.

The Court refused to stay his arrest and fixed October 13, 2008 for further hearing. Meantime, the Court ordered the arrest of the petitioner.

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