How A Politician Procured 10,000 Vials Of Remdesivir From Delhi When Capital Is In Crisis? Bombay High Court Asks

first_imgNews UpdatesHow A Politician Procured 10,000 Vials Of Remdesivir From Delhi When Capital Is In Crisis? Bombay High Court Asks Sharmeen Hakim27 April 2021 2:51 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday questioned the Centre about private individuals procuring anti-viral drug, Remdesivir, directly from the manufacturer and distributing it, when companies are expected to provide stocks directly to the Centre. The division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni was referring to the petition filed by four agriculturists before the Aurangabad Bench seeking an FIR against Dr. Sujay Vikhe Patil, BJP Member of Parliament from the Ahmednagar Constituency for the alleged unauthorized procurement and distribution of 10, 000 Remdesivir injections. “There is a news report that a politician bought and distributed 10,000 vials to Ahmednagar from Delhi by a chartered plane? How is this possible? Delhi itself is in crisis. Doesn’t this amount to private distribution by the person?” the observed, adding, that there is a need to increase surveillance. When the Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh tried to say that it was merely a news report, the bench remarked that it was not just media reports, the politician himself had posted about the procurement on social media. The court said it was aware that the Aurangabad bench was already seized of the but sought a response from the ASG, observing that they would be forced to take action if more manufacturers are found providing drugs to private individuals. “If we find other instances where private manufacturers are giving Remdisivir directly to individuals we may pass an injunction order against such manufacturers.” The bench orally sought details of the incident. The Court was hearing two PILs, on the improper management of the covid-19 crisis in Maharashtra. The first petition is filed by advocate Sneha Marjari, represented by advocates Simil Purohit and Arshil Shah, and the second by Nilesh Navlakha, represented by advocate Rajesh Inamdar. During the last hearing, the bench had passed several directions regarding the availability of Remdesivir injection, oxygen, and bed availability and asked the State and Centre to file their responses by May 4. However, the bench took up the matter, on Tuesday, to assess if these directions had been complied with. On Tuesday, the bench asked the State if a nodal officer was appointed for the distribution of Remdesivir. When the State responded that it was yet to be done, the court observed. “Order was passed on April 27, we work beyond midnight to get it uploaded. How long does it take to provide a nodal agent and a 24/7 number?” Crematoriums When the court was informed that several gas crematoriums were not functional, they asked the State Government to order all district collectors to ensure effective dead-body management and give details about the steps taken to improve the condition of crematoriums. “Why don’t you take steps to make all gas crematoriums operational? “- J Kulkarni said, he added that the crematorium in Walkeshwar was not working. It can’t be that people are kept waiting for cremation, for this you will also have to seek the position of the mortuaries, the bench further observed. Call 1916 To check if ICU beds were available, the Court asked Advocate Purohit to call the BMC’s helpline number and check. Purohit called the number and was directed to contact the war room, which sought further details of the patient to be admitted. Advocate Arshil Shah then pointed out a social media tweet to highlight the lack of availability of ICU beds. The bench will now hear the matter on Thursday. TagsBombay High Court Remdesivir Central Government Chief Justice Dipankar Datta Justice GS Kulkarni Next Storylast_img read more

Foxes back in the Premier League

first_img Press Association Leicester have won promotion to the Barclays Premier League after QPR and Derby lost on Saturday afternoon. Nigel Pearson’s side moved to the brink of securing their return to the top flight on Friday night with a 2-1 triumph over Sheffield Wednesday at the King Power Stadium. That made it 21 Sky Bet Championship games unbeaten as they moved onto 89 points – two more than Cardiff won the division with last season – and meant they would be up if QPR lost at Bournemouth and Derby failed to beat Middlesbrough. center_img QPR went down 2-1 on manager Harry Redknapp’s return to Dean Court, while the Rams suffered a 1-0 loss on Steve McClaren’s return to the Riverside, meaning celebrations could begin in earnest for the Foxes. Former Leicester and England striker Gary Lineker was quick to acknowledge the club’s achievement, posting on Twitter: “Leicester City are promoted to the Premier League. A sentence I’ve been waiting to say for 10 years.” Asked whether he would be watching the results come in on Saturday, Pearson replied bluntly on Friday evening: “No. My job is to get this club promoted. Whether it’s tomorrow, whether it’s Tuesday, the next week, the week after it’s irrelevant really. It’s about getting promotion.” His players were clearly well aware of events on the south coast and in the north-east, though, as they also took to social media to celebrate their feat. Not satisfied with just having secured a top-two finish, forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher turned his attention to clinching the Championship title. “We are premier league, say we are premier league!!! Get in. #promotionpush now becomes #champwinnerspush” he wrote. Left-back Paul Konchesky posted: “Absolutely buzzing about the results today!! #wearegoingup #lcfc ! Let’s enjoy the rest of season and go again in the top flight #comeon.” Midfielder Anthony Knockaert, whose stunning free-kick settled Leicester’s win on Friday after Riyad Mahrez’s third goal since joining from Le Havre in January had been cancelled out by Michail Antonio’s solo effort in the first half, posted: “Leicester going up going up going up going up going up !!!!!!!!! I LOVE LEICESTER YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.” Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel added: “Premier league! So proud of all the boys and everyone at the club!!!” last_img read more