Not afraid of inquiry: Fadnavis on pharma firm-Remdesivir issue
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. Here are more details on this.
'Have 36 cases against me for the sake of people'
Speaking to reporters at the Nagpur Airport on the issue of questioning of Bruck Pharma's director over Remdesivir stock, Fadnavis 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 for the people of Maharashtra.
'Injections will be handed over to FDA, municipal corporation'
"Yesterday's incident was very unfortunate. We had not called those Remdesivir vials for the BJP," he mentioned. Additionally, Pravin Darekar (Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council) had told 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'
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 questioned Rajesh Dokania on Saturday night
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.
Fadnavis and Darekar had rushed to police station
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 healthcare supplies' paucity. Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil on Sunday accused the BJP of trying to pressurize Mumbai police and interfering in their work.
Nana Patole demanded action against Fadnavis and Darekar
Meanwhile, the state Congress president Nana Patole demanded action against Fadnavis and Darekar for "pressurizing the police to let off" the pharma company director, who is suspected of hoarding Remdesivir injection stock.