Karachi: Employee of health dept jailed for three years
KARACHI: A drugs court on Wednesday sentenced an employee of the health department to three years imprisonment for stealing and selling government-owned drugs.
The court found Dharoon Bughio guilty of selling spurious and state-owned medicines at a medical store in Matiari in Feb 2009. The three-member drugs court comprising chairman Saathi M. Ishaq and members Dr Javed Bukhari and Dr Nighat Qadir pronounced its verdict after hearing both sides.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs50,000 and in case of non-payment, the convict would have to spend an additional three months in prison.
The court also held Mohammad Samhar and Imam Ali accountable under the mitigating circumstances for assisting the main accused in the sale of unauthorised medicines and imposed a fine of Rs25,000 each. In case of default, they would spend two months in prison.
The court in its judgment observed that all the three witnesses fully supported the case of the prosecution and the seized drugs were produced in court and the same was found to be state property.
The documentary evidence further strengthened the prosecution’s version and the case was proved against the accused men, it added.
According to the prosecution, a drug inspector, under the supervision of a judicial magistrate, raided a medical store in Hala and found a big quantity of stolen medicines, which was government property, and also seized some spurious drugs.
Bughio, an employee of the heath department, posted at the office of the executive district officer (health), Matiari, used to steal medicines and sell it at his medical store along with his two accomplices. A case (FIR 13/09) was registered against the accused under the Drugs Act, 1976.
The accused was out on bail and following the pronouncement of the verdict he was taken into custody and sent to prison along with the conviction warrant to serve out the awarded sentence.