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Not afraid of inquiry as have not done anything wrong, says Fadnavis over remdesivir row

Rajesh Dokania, director of Bruck Pharma, was questioned Friday following information that thousands of remdesivir vials were being stockpiled to be flown out of the country.

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Nagpur: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, who is being targeted by the ruling parties in Maharashtra for objecting to Mumbai police’s grilling of a pharma company’s top executive over alleged stocking of Remdesivir vials, on Sunday said he was not afraid of any inquiry against him as he has not done anything wrong.

Speaking to reporters at the Nagpur airport on the issue of of questioning of Bruck Pharma company’s director over the Remdesivir stock, said, “I am not afraid of any inquiry because I have worked in the opposition for 20 years and have 36 cases against me for the sake of people.”

He said he would go to any limit to work in the interest of people of Maharashtra.

“Yesterday’s incident was very unfortunate. We had not called those Remdesivir vials for the BJP, and (Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council) Pravin Darekar had met the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) minister that the Remdesivir injections will be handed over to the FDA and the municipal corporation,” he added.

Doing politics over the issue was wrong, the former chief minister said, and alleged that false news was being spread that they possessed the stock of Remdesivir.

“I challenge them to prove that we had the stock (of Remdesivir)…The DCP himself had said that we did not have any stock with us,” he said.

Mumbai police on Saturday night questioned Rajesh Dokania, director of Bruck Pharma, a Daman-based pharmaceutical manufacturing company that manufactures Remdesivir vials, following information that thousands of vials of the Remdesivir drug critical in coronavirus treatment were to be flown out of the country.

On learning about it, Fadnavis and Darekar had rushed to the police station. Their appearance at the police station has triggered a political slugfest between the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and the opposition party over the paucity of healthcare supplies.

Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil on Sunday accused the BJP of trying to pressurise the Mumbai police and interefere in their work, while the state Congress president Nana Patole demanded action against Fadnavis and Darekar for “pressurising the police to let off” the pharma company director, who is suspected of hoarding Remdesivir injection stock.


Also read: Mumbai Police question pharma executive for stocking 60,000 vials of Remdesivir, BJP objects


 

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  1. The episode sadly displays immature and selfish approach of the politicians in Maharashtra irrespective of their party affiliation. This is not a battle to save lives, no politician in Maharashtra is interested in that. The battle is for political posturing and to claim illusory credit vis-a-vis political opponents. Not only the Central Government in Delhi but the Maharashtra State Government in Mumbai is equally responsible for wasting six months and doing nothing to keep the nation/state prepared to face the calamities of the second Corona wave. Consequently, the state is ill-prepared and facing acute shortages of beds, ventilators, oxygen cylinders and medicines, more particularly Remdesivir, ironically a drug that according to medical experts is not at all helpful in saving lives. Why then Remdesivir is prescribed and there is a political fight relating to its supply? It is only because there is nothing else that doctors can prescribe and relatives of patients are running in a mad but futile race to procure Remdisivir at any cost. As Himani Chandra furnished in the Print a quote from Dr.S.P. Kalantri,” Given its limited availability, cost, need for five day hospitalization and, more importantly, no meaningful benefits, physicians have started question if Remdesivir is indeed worth the excitement that it created. “

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