Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir, who is currently serving as an MP from Bharatiya Janata Party has been found guilty of unauthorisedly stocking and giving Fabiflu drug to Covid-19 patients, Delhi’s drug controller body said in the Delhi high court. Appearing for the drug controller, advocate Nandita Rao said that the Gautam Gambhir Foundation, committed an offense under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act as they have found stocking medicine in an unauthorized manner.
The body also found Aam Aadmi Party’s MLA Praveen Kumar guilty under the same act. Talking about these same Rao said, “Status report deals with MLA Praveen Kumar also and we have found him guilty too. We want you to take action against this violation in terms of your report so that an example is set.”
It also directed the body to file a status report on the same. In the status report submitted to the court on May 31, Rao informed that Gambhir had organized a medical camp from April 22 to May 7 through his foundation with the help of Garg Hospital and that while there was no prescription, a request letter by the hospital was sent to the foundation. She said based on the letter of April 19, Gambhir made a purchase order from a licensed dealer.
Gautam Gambhir Foundation found guilty of unauthorisedly stocking, giving Fabiflu drug to COVID-19 patients: Drug Controller to Delhi HC
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Further speaking on the matter, the HC said, “When we rapped you then you came out with the truth. It is clearly evident… Don’t put on a brave face today. We find that you have made a mistake and the good thing is that you have rectified your mistake. We want to curb this practice,” it also said, adding, “Just because some people have money and they can easily buy, does not mean that they would be hoarding.”
The court further added, “You (Gautam Gambhir) did charity and tried to help the people, but in that you caused a shortage because of which genuine patients could not get the medicine. There could have been other ways of helping people.”
On May 31, the high court had given a clean-chit to Gambhir and Kumar for hoarding Covid-19 supplies.