June 3, 2021, 3:59 PM

Former cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir

Former cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir

The Drug Control Department of Delhi on Thursday told Delhi High Court that BJP MP Gautam Gambhir's foundation stocked and distributed the drug Fabi Flu, used in treatment of COVID-19, in an authorised manner.

The drug controller's submission comes after HC, on May 24, directed it to conduct and inquiry into allegations that Gambhir hoarded COVID-19 medicines and that AAP MLAs Priti Tomar and Praveen Kumar acquired oxygen cylinders even as the patients in the capital struggled for medicines and oxygen during the 2nd COVID-19 wave.

Advocate Nandita Rao, who appeared for the Drug Control Department of Delhi, told the court that Gambhir's foundation committed an offence under Drugs and Cosmetics Act while adding that the foundation purchased 2,000 strips of FabiFlu even though it did not have license to stock or distribute it.

The bench consisting of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh said: " Gautam Gambhir has procured [medical supplies] in public spirit and has spent a lot of money in procuring it. But at what cost? You did charity no doubt. But you also caused shortage and inconvenience."

As per Live Law, the judges told Drugs Controller: "Creating popularity and preparing for the next election should not be the motivation for doing charity work. That’s why we want you [the drugs controller] to take action so that it becomes a lesson for others."

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