Lahore: PIC deaths accused remanded
LAHORE: A judicial magistrate on Saturday granted three–day physical remand of 13 accused of showing criminal negligence which claimed the lives of nearly 150 cardiac patients registered with Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC). On Saturday, Shadman police produced all the 13 accused before the court and sought their physical remand to carry out investigation.
The court has granted three–day physical remand of the accused, directing police to produce them again before the court by March 20 along with the investigation report till that date.
It is learnt that nine accused belong to Efroze Chemical Industry, Karachi while four belong to a Lahore–based medicine supply company.
According to the case, findings of the inquiry committee headed by DIG Zulfiqar Cheema had recommended registration of a murder case against 10 people belonging to Efroze Chemical Industry, Karachi, for criminal negligence resulting in contamination of one of its medicines, which claimed the lives of nearly 150 cardiac patients registered with the PIC.
The inquiry committee has also recommended action against two distributors, owners of Umer Trading Company, Muhammad Musharraf and Tariq Rehman under Section 322 of PPC and 23/27 of Drug Act.