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Bombay HC comments on BJP MP procuring Remdesivir unofficially

The court also noted that the anti-coronavirus drug is supposed to be distributed equally among needy patients.

Bombay HC comments on BJP MP procuring Remdesivir unofficially
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On Thursday, April 29, the Bombay High Court raised an objection over Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha MP Sujay Vikhe Patil allegedly procuring Remdesivir from New Delhi unofficially.

The court also noted that the anti-coronavirus drug is supposed to be distributed equally among needy patients. According to a report in mid-day, the Aurangabad bench of the court while observing the action of Vikhe Patil, the MP from Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, stated that he might have saved the lives of poor and needy patients, however, the path he chose was wrong and "this cannot be a Robinhood situation".

Moreover, the court stated that the entire issue needs to be investigated but it was refraining from doing so at this stage though it pulled up the Ahmednagar district collector for "giving a clean chit" to the Member of Parliament.

In a substantial development, the bench was hearing a petition filed by four agriculturists seeking criminal action against Vikhe Patil for the alleged unauthorised procurement of 10,000 Remdesivir injections from Delhi and its distribution in Ahmednagar.

However, the court further stated that currently it would refrain from forming any final decision regarding the same and allowed the collector to file an affidavit clarifying his stand. In addition, the bench noted that if the local police and administration cannot be trusted with an inquiry, the court would consider directing the CBI or the state CID to investigate the matter.

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