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August 5, 2021

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Scrutinise roles of MLA Zeeshan Siddique, actor Sonu Sood in procuring anti-Covid medication for folks: HC to Maharashtra authorities

The Bombay Excessive Courtroom on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra authorities to scrutinise the function that native Congress MLA Zeeshan Siddique and actor Sonu Sood performed in procurement and provide of anti-Covid medication to residents, following their SOS calls and appeals on social media.
The excessive courtroom additionally noticed that “these folks (celebrities) projected themselves as some sort of messiahs with out verifying if the medication had been spurious or if the availability was authorized”. 
A bench of Justices S P Deshmukh and G S Kulkarni issued the path to the Maharashtra authorities after state Advocate Normal Ashutosh Kumbhakoni informed the HC that it had registered a prison case on the Mazgaon metropolitan courtroom in opposition to a charitable belief, BDR Basis, and its trustees for supplying anti-Covid drug Remdesivir to Siddique despite the fact that the belief didn’t have requisite licence.
Kumbhakoni mentioned that Siddique had been merely diverting the drug to residents, who had approached him, so no motion had been taken in opposition to him but.

He additional mentioned that Sonu Sood had acquired the medication from a number of pharmacies situated contained in the personal Lifeline Care Hospital in Goregaon. Pharma firm Cipla had provided Remdesivir to those pharmacies and inquiry into it was nonetheless occurring, Kumbhakoni mentioned.
He was responding to earlier orders of the excessive courtroom handed whereas listening to a bunch of public curiosity litigations (PILs) on a number of points associated to the administration of medication and sources required to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The HC had directed the state authorities and the Centre to probe how celebrities and politicians had managed to obtain and distribute anti-coronavirus medication to the general public when the availability of the identical was scarce and was imagined to be allotted to states by the Union authorities.

On Wednesday, the HC requested if initiating motion in opposition to the charitable belief was enough and may the state not look additional into the roles performed by Siddique, Sood, and every other celebrities involved?
“We might anticipate the state authorities to scrutinise their actions. We would like you to very severely look at their roles,” the excessive courtroom mentioned. 
“Since each had been dealing immediately with the general public, was it attainable for the general public to determine the standard or supply of those medication?” it mentioned.
The HC referred to a information story printed on Wednesday, which mentioned {that a} personal housing society within the metropolis had mentioned that it had most likely been cheated and supplied spurious anti-COVID-19 vaccines by those that had carried out a vaccination drive for its residents.
“We don’t need any such incidents. Such issues shouldn’t occur due to the existence of a parallel system. These are conditions with which we’re not too comfortable,” the excessive courtroom mentioned. 

“These folks (celebrities) projected themselves as some sort of messiahs with out verifying if the medication had been spurious or if the availability was authorized. In each these instances, we anticipate the State Govt to scrutinise their actions,” the HC mentioned.
The excessive courtroom will subsequent hear the plea additional on June 25. 

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