Punjab

THE ISSUE OF MISSING BUPRENORPHINE TABS: ROLE OF HEALTH MINISTRY'S SUSPECTED: BHAGWANT MANN

July 04, 2020 09:34 PM

SEEKS TIME BOUND PROBE INTO THE WHOLE MATTER UNDER WATCH OF HIGH COURT

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab has blamed the government-sponsored drug mafia for the Ministry of Health's failure to disclose the diversion of Rs 5 crore missing buprenorphine tablets to the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

In a statement issued from the party headquarters on Saturday, state unit president and MP Bhagwant Mann said the lackadaisical attitude of the Punjab government relating to the dramatic disappearance of Rs 5 crore de-addiction pills, leaving many key questions unanswered. He alleged that by doing so the government wanted to save the big fish involved in the racket, saying Punjab Ministry of Health was directly involved in the nefarious drug trade. He demanded a fair and time-bound probe into the matter under the supervision of the High Court.

Bhagwant Mann said the ED had sought an information about the missing buprenorphine tablets worth Rs 5 crore from Punjab Health Department in February 2020, which had mysteriously gone missing, but the Ministry concerned had not yet provided the requisite information to the ED about the missing tablets, which leaves nothing to speculation.

 
Bhagwant Mann said the ED had sought an information about the missing buprenorphine tablets worth Rs 5 crore from Punjab Health Department in February 2020, which had mysteriously gone missing, but the Ministry concerned had not yet provided the requisite information to the ED about the missing tablets, which leaves nothing to speculation.

The AAP MP said, "The embezzlement involved in the disappearance of de-addiction tablets could be ascribed to the government-sponsored drug mafia. He saif if Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh had conducted an impartial and timely inquiry into the matter under the supervision of High Court, that he had promised to the people in the presence of Sri Gutka Sahib, more skeletons would have tumbled out of the drug mafia cupboard operating under the protective patronage of the political masters.

Bhagwant Mann also questioned the ED's sluggish pace of probe into the case, saying that central investigative agencies like the CBI and the ED, and Punjab Vigilance Bureau, had lost their credibility in the pursuit of keeping their political masters happy. The AAP therefore had no options but to demand an inquiry into the entire matter under the watch of the High Court or the Supreme Court.

The AAP leader said that if the people of Punjab gave a chance to the Aam Aadmi Party in 2022, the police and investigative agencies would be freed from political influence and the Punjab Vigilance Bureau would have more teeth than the CBI or ED.

 
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