Karachi: 3 indicted for sale of substandard drugs
KARACHI, March 10: The drugs court on Thursday indicted three men in two cases on charges of sale of substandard and unauthorised medicine.
Ramesh Babu, Parkash and Lekhraj, proprietors of medical stores, have been accused of keeping substandard and unauthorised drugs in their stores for sale in November 2009 in Khairpur.
The chairman of the drugs court, Sathi M. Ishaq, read out the charges against the accused in their presence. However, the accused pleaded not guilty and opted for trial.
The court summoned the prosecution witnesses with direction to record their statements on March 30.
According to the prosecution, a drugs inspector carried out two separate raids on as many medical stores in Khairpur district on November 2009 and in the first raid the official seized seven physician`s samples which were stocked and put up for sale and accused Ramesh failed to produce any document allowing sale of these drugs.
The drugs inspector recovered five expired drugs from another medical store run by Parkash and his brother Lekhraj and also found 18 physician`s samples displayed for sale and they did not show any bill warranty.
The accused were booked under Sections 23 (1)(a)(vi) (export, import or manufacture for sell of any drugs after its expiry), 23 (1)(a)(x) (sell of any drug in contravention of any of the provisions of this act or any rule) and 23 (1)(i) (sell of any spurious drug) of the Drugs Act 1976.