MUMBAI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Sujay Vikhe Patil on Monday filed an intervention utility earlier than the Aurangabad Bench of Bombay excessive courtroom. Through his counsel Shirish Gupte, he acknowledged that he had bought only 1200 Remdesivir vials, not 10,000.
He mentioned these 1200 brought on a chartered flight in 15 packing containers, from Chandigarh to Shirdi and 500 had been despatched from Pharma Deal, Sadashiv Peth Pune on to the Civil Surgeon.
The HC was listening to a petition filed by an agriculturist Arun Kadu, 70, and others alleging “illegal” procurement and distribution of 10,000 Remdesivir vials from Pharma firms of Vikhe Patil, MP from Ahmednagar.
The 40-12 months-outdated MP, who’s the CEO of Dr Vithalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation’s Dr VVP Medical faculty, Ahmednagar mentioned on April 15 that the hospital wrote to the Collector for speedy provide of Remdesivir injections to it for treating Covid-19 sufferers and knowledgeable its readiness to pay the requisite charges for it within the authorities checking account.
Last week, the HC had sought a report back to hint out packing containers claimed by the MP to have been unloaded at Shirdi airport and distributed in his constituency and in addition a reply from the district collector for holding a ‘press conference’ in his workplace premises to say the vials had come from Pune.
The Ahmednagar collector Rajendra Bhosale on affidavit “strongly’’ denied holding any press convention a lot much less with the MP and mentioned he’s doing his obligation in these testing Covid-19 occasions with “utmost devotion’’ and “with all bonafides”.
Bhosale said once he placed an order for the vials on April 15, his role was over. But he said if some reporter “casually’’ asked him a question, he may have “expressed knowledge of such procurement by Dr Vikhe Patil Memorial Hospital.’’
The Ahmednagar superintendent of police submitted a report which said only 1700 injections were delivered to the Civil Surgeon with 1200 brought by the MP by air.
Vikhe Patil’s advocate Abhay Ostwal also said that the MP had “never claimed that 10,000 injections were brought by air’’ and he had not made any specific statement about the number of vials brought by him even in his videos that have been circulated, the HC order recorded.
But advocate Pradnya Talekar for Kadu submitted an affidavit indicating that “backdated records are now being prepared by the government authorities to cover up the whole incident’’. She said it was now being attempted to be shown before the HC that there are no irregularities in the Remdesivir purchase and also that the MP has no right to be heard and cannot seek impleadment in the petition as a party.
A bench of Justices Ravindra Ghughe and B U Debadwar posted the matter for further hearing to May 5 saying it would consider the MP’s plea to intervene as well as Kadu’s plea to amend his petition and seek action against other elected representatives as well.