Does Gautam Gambhir have a License to Distribute Fabiflu? Delhi HC Enquires
By: Aashruti Vohra
The Delhi High Court, on Tuesday, questioned whether BJP MP Gautam Gambhir was a licensed bulk distributor of COVID-19 medicines. The former cricketer, who had won the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections from the East Delhi constituency, had recently claimed that he was distributing life-saving drugs.
A division bench of Justice Rekha Palli and Vipin Sanghi also asked how it is expectedly possible for anybody to procure such medicines in large quantities, The Indian Express reported.
Recently Gambhir had made it viral on his Twitter handle that he is distributing Fabiflu - originally commented as a taunt to advocate Rakesh Malhotra. Malhotra also told the court that even though Gambhir was “doing a good job”, it was an issue since patients of East Delhi were getting the drug while some patients of other areas were not getting it. “I do not know from where he is getting it,” Malhotra told the court when the hearing on the issue regarding the unavailability of essential COVID-19 drugs was going on.
Some papers were trying to reach out to Gautam Gambhir Foundation via phone and email to ask whether the medicine distribution is a part of the Foundation’s regular work as per its registration and Articles of Association. Or whether it was just the humanitarian act by the cricketer turned politician in his personal proportions.
Newshound India Foundation has also enquired about the funding and grants received from the government in the backdrop of Bollywood star Akshay Kumar donating ₹1 crore to the foundation. The copy would be updated if we get a response.
Fabiflu is an antiviral drug used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 infections. Since the last few weeks reports of Fabiflu and Remdivisir going out of stock emerged from various parts of Delhi and all over India have been making the rounds.
Senior Advocate, Rahul Mehra who was representing the Delhi Government, considered it “highly irresponsible”. “We had thought it would stop after that report. It is still continuing,” he said to the court.
Meanwhile, Delhi has been reporting around three lakh COVID infections per day over the past five days.
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