Bombay HC directs Govt to investigate how Sonu Sood, Zeeshan Siddique get Covid medicines

Kriti Agrawal

Bombay High Court directed the Maharashtra government to investigate how Sonu Sood and Zeeshan Siddique are procuring covid medicines.

Sonu Sood who became a real-life hero since the onset of the covid-19 pandemic, who has become a household figure for his outstanding humanitarian activities, has been assisting people.

Following their appeals on social media, the Bombay High Court has ordered the Maharashtra government to investigate the role of local Congress MLA Zeeshan Siddique and actor Sonu Sood in the acquisition and delivery of anti-covid medications to individuals.

The High Court said, “These people (celebrities) represented themselves as some type of messiahs without confirming if the medications were bogus or if the supply was legal.”

State Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni informed the High Court that it had filed a criminal case in the Mazagaon Metropolitan Court against a charitable trust, BDR Foundation, and its trustees for supplying anti-covid drug Remdesivir to Siddique despite the trust’s lack of required licensing. But no action had been taken against him yet.

Kumbhakoni further added that Siddique was only diverting the medication to citizens who approached him. He continued that, Sonu Sood got the medications from a number of pharmacies within the private Lifeline Care Hospital in Goregaon. Cipla, a pharma company, had given Remdesivir to these pharmacies, and an investigation was ongoing. 

The Court had ordered the state and central government to investigate how celebrities and politicians were able to obtain and distribute anti-coronavirus drugs to the general public when supplies were scarce and were supposed to be allocated to states by the central government.

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