SRINAGAR, Feb 28: The State Vigilance Commission has come down heavily on the Vigilance Organization for recommending Regular Departmental Action (RDA) in a criminal case after establishing supply of spurious drugs and bribery.
A letter written by State Vigilance Commission (No. SVC/JSC/34/2018) to Chief Secretary said that decision of the Vigilance Organization to recommend RDA in drug scam in Indian System of Medicine (ISM) was inappropriate and instead criminal proceedings were warranted. “The Commission was of the view that the decision of the Vigilance Organization in recommending the RDA was inappropriate and instead criminal proceedings were warranted in the matter”, read the letter.
The Vigilance Organization had collected samples of the medicines purchased by the ISM and found that out of 13 randomly selected samples six were found sub-standard. “During the inquiry, it came to light that an amount of Rs 95, 000 had been transferred by the supplier company to the account of one of the members of the Inspection Committee. The Vigilance Organization in their discretion recommended the matter to RDA”, read the letter.
The Commission in its order (ADAK letter No 71 dated 15-01-2018) said it failed to understand the reasons as to why a formal case was not registered by the Vigilance Organization after graft money was found in the bank account of one of the members of the Inspection Committee.
“The Commission found that Joint Surprise Check had established Criminal mis-conduct on the part of Dr. Rohit Gupta who was a member of Inspection Committee as Rs 95, 000 had been transferred from the account of M/s Swastika Drug Pharma to his bank account”, reads the letter.
The Vigilance Organization after establishing the procurement of substandard medicines by ISM during 2016 and graft money paid by the Company recommended RDA. “Accordingly, the matter is being brought to your good self for initiating Regular Departmental Action against Abdul Kabir Dar, the then Director ISM, Rakesh Kumar Shan, Chairman of Verification Board/Medicine Inspection Committee, Dr Anil Kant Gupta, ADMO Udhampur, Member Verification Board/Medicine Inspection Committee, Dr Inayat Ali Rather, the Medical Officer District Doda, Member Verification Board/Medicine Inspection Committee, Dr Rohit Gupta, Nodal Officer, District Samba, Member Verification Board/Medicine Inspection Committee, Dr Rakesh Kumar Raina, Drug Ispector ISM, Dr Shuja Hussain Shuja, Drug Inspector ISM…”, read the letter of SSP Vigilance to Commissioner Secretary GAD.
The Vigilance adopted double standards by recommending RDA in ISM spurious drug scam and registration of a criminal case in spurious drug scam in Jammu Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Ltd (JKMSCL). It registered a case (FIR No. 22/2017 P/S VOJ) last year for purchase of spurious drugs/medicines on exorbitant rates during the year 2015-2016 by JKMSCL.
The case was registered against Dr Yashpal Sharma, then Managing Director JKMSCL, Dr Ghanshyam Dev, then Principal GMC Jammu, Dr Rameshwar Sharma, Senior Consultant Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Jammu, Sayed Shabir Ahmad, FA/CAO JKMSCL, Dr Rakesh Verma, Consultant/Physician (Technical Expert), Dr Parkash Atri, Technical Expert of the Supplier Theon Pharmaceutical Ltd under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.