Two acquitted in spurious drugs case in Karachi
KARACHI, March 7: The drugs court on Monday acquitted two persons in a case pertaining to manufacturing of substandard medicine for want of evidence.
Dr Shehla and Ziaul Haq of a Lahore-based pharmaceutical company were charged with manufacturing substandard and spurious drugs.
The accused through their lawyer filed acquittal applications under Section 265-A of the criminal procedure code.
The drugs court, comprising Sathi M. Ishaq (chairman) and Dr Nighat Qadri and Dr Saleh Mohammad (members), allowed the plea after hearing both sides.
The court observed that the negligence on the part of the provincial quality control board and government analysts had badly impaired the case of the prosecution as the laboratory/analyses report was submitted after a delay of about four months while under the law it should be submitted within 60 days.
According to the prosecution, a drugs inspector carried out a raid in Hyderabad in September 2002 and allegedly seized subsubstandard and spurious drugs. The accused were booked under the Drugs Act, 1976.