'Can't Stop Prosecution': Supreme Court On Gautam Gambhir, Covid Drug Row

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir is the BJP’s MP from Delhi (East) (File)

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Monday mentioned it might not cease the prosecution of BJP MP Gautam Gambhir – in reference to politicians hoarding key medication through the second wave of Covid instances – noting it “cannot allow a group (to) distribute medicines while people run helter-skelter…”

The court docket, nonetheless, mentioned Mr Gambhir, an ex-cricketer who entered politics forward of the 2019 election, may method the Delhi High Court for reduction since that court docket had not but handed it order.

“We cannot stop it. You proceed your remedy before the High Court,” a two-judge bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and MR Shah mentioned.

“Cannot allow a trust, or group of people, to distribute medicines, while people run helter-skelter for drugs. An individual cannot distribute medicines… Then everybody will procure and distribute for their own purpose,” the court docket added.

Mr Gambhir’s lawyer withdrew his plea after these remarks.

The ex-cricketer had filed a plea towards the observations of the Delhi High Court on this matter.

In May the High Court got here down closely on the drug controller for permitting Mr Gambhir to obtain giant portions of Fabiflu, which had been indicated to be used in some COVID-19 instances.

An irked court docket mentioned the tendency to benefit from a scenario, such because the devastating tragedy wrought by the second wave of the pandemic, to look as saviours needed to be denounced.

“You can’t take us for a ride. If you think we are so gullible, so naive, we are not. You better do your job. If you can’t do your job tell us… we will have you suspended and let someone else do your job,” a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh had mentioned.

Mr Gambhir’s lawyer, Kailash Vasudev, informed the court docket as we speak that his consumer had carried out “public service” and is now dealing with the results. The court docket, nonetheless, was unconvinced.

“We had our eye on the ground to see what was happening… People running helter-skelter… that is not on and we cannot allow that,” Justice Chandrachud mentioned.

“You (Gautam Gambhir) are in public life and you have to go through the process. Individuals cannot distribute medicines… Then everybody will procure and distribute,” Justice Shah mentioned.

Mr Vasudev continued for some time, saying the observations of the High Court had been such that his consumer could by no means recover from it, and requested the Supreme Court to cease any prosecution.

The Supreme Court refused to take action.

In late April Mr Gambhir had provided Fabiflu totally free at his constituency in Delhi. This was on the peak of the second Covid wave, throughout which key medication like Fabiflu had been in brief provide in hospitals.

Mr Gambhir has stoutly defended his transfer to distribute the medication totally free. 

“If a few 100 strips of tablets obtained from a distributor are being given for free, then, can it be called hoarding? Is my obtaining a few strips of Fabiflu causing the shortage? You can call me wrong but I’ll do everything to save lives of people,” he informed ANI in June.

With enter from ANI


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