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JAMMU: In a much publicised case of spurious drugs, which led to death of some children in Ramnagar, a complaint was filed seeking prosecution of accused for offences under sections 16, 17A(e), 18(a)(vi) 18 (a) (i), read with Section 27(a), Section 27(d) 36AC of Drug & Cosmetics Act, 1940 on account of allegations that after it came to fore during investigation that infant mortalities in Ramnagar area of Udhampur occurred due to consumption of medicine/drugs.CJM Jammu Amarjeet Singh issued bailable warrants against Digital Vision, Manufacturing Company; 176, Mauza Ogli, Nahan Road, Kala Amb, District Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh; Parshotam Goyal (Partner), son of Amrit Lal Goyal, resident of 28-A, Govind Nagar, Ambala Cantt. Haryana, care of Digital Vision, Manufacturing Company; Konic Goyal (Partner), son of Parshotam Goyal, resident of 28-A, Govind Nagar, Ambala Cantt. Haryana, care of Digital Vision; Manic Goyal (Partner), son of Parshotam Goyal, resident of 28-A, Govind Nagar, Ambala Cantt. Haryana, care of Digital Vision; Anuj Kumar Singh (Deputy General Manager), son of Brij Vilash Singh, resident of 825-G Lane No. 26 Krishna Nagar, Salampur, Rajputan, Roorkee Haridwar (UK) 247667, care of Digital Vision; Yogesh Bhasin (Manufacturing Chemist), son of Ved Prakash, resident of 9, Sadhaura Tehsil Bilaspur, Yumana Nagar, Haryana 135001; Sudhir Kumar (Analytical Chemist), son of Gambhir Singh, resident of Faridpur Main, Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh; Parshotam Goyal, Competent Person and Partner, son of Amrit Lal Goyal, resident of 28-A, Govind Nagar, Ambala Cantt. Haryana, care of Shiva Medical Hall, 1st Floor, Industrial Estate, Ambala Cantt. Haryana; Rita Goyal (Partner), wife of Parshotam Goyal, resident of 28-A, Govind Nagar, Ambala Cantt. Haryana; Virinder Kumar Jandyal, son of Ram Ditta, resident of Lakkar Mandi, Janipur, Jammu and Mohinder Singh, son of Late Bharat Singh, resident of W No 11, Ramnagar, Udhampur.This complaint was instituted on July 1, 2020 seeking prosecution of accused for offences under sections 16, 17A(e), 18(a)(vi) 18 (a) (i), read with sections 27(a), Section 27(d) 36AC of the Drug & Cosmetics Act, 1940 on account of allegations that after it came to fore during investigation that infant mortalities in Ramnagar area of District Udhampur occurred due to consumption of medicine/drugs, which were purchased from one retail Drug store under name and style of M/s Jamwal Medical Hall being operated by Mohinder Singh and on February 17, 2020 samples were also lifted from Jandial Pharmaceuticals, Mohalla Paharian, Jammu who is wholesale license holder and distributor for analysis in Chandigarh, where drug sample namely ‘Coldbest-PC Syrup’, Batch no. DL5201 was found to be ‘not of standard quality’. During further investigation, it was found that the drug in question manufactured by accused no. 1 digital Vision manufacturing company is not only of ‘not-standard quality’ but also adulterated drug. Further chain of events as unfolded in the complaint, showed that accused Virinder Kumar Jandial sold the brand of medicine in question to Mohinder Singh who is proprietor of Jamwal Medical Hall – Main Bazar Ramnagar, District Udhampur. It was also alleged that accused Parshotam Goyal, Konic Goyal and Manic Goyal are partners of accused firm Digital Vision, the manufacturing company of drug in question. In all, as already mentioned hereinabove – 11 accused are being sought to be prosecuted for aforesaid offences in this complaint.CJM Jammu Amarjeet Singh Langeh, after going through the complaint, observed that needless to say, drug products including drug in question that are intended for use of public at large must meet their standards of safety and quality consistent with the provisions of Drugs & Cosmetics Act. In the complaint in hand, there is prima facie evidence of infraction of provisions of aforesaid Act and hence this complaint under sections 16, 17A (e), 18(a)(vi) 18 (a) (i), read with sections 27(a), Section 27(d) 36AC of the Drug & Cosmetics Act, 1940 for which cognizance seems to have already been taken by this court on 01.07.2020 and process issued against accused.CJM further observed that having regard to the gravity of offences involved and seriousness of the allegations, it is directed that accused to be summoned through issuance of bailable warrants in amount of Rs. 20,000 each for appearance before this court on next date of hearing, so that after performing preliminary formalities, matter can be committed to the Special Court for trial. Counsel for complainant shall ensure that particulars of all accused with respect to the Districts, in which they are presently residing, be furnished to this court within four days so that bailable warrants can be sent to concerned SSP(s) for execution at the earliest.
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