Himachal’s Top Drug Controlling Official In Police Custody For Bribery Charges

Shimla: Top drug controlling official allegedly caught red-handed in a bribery case on Friday was remanded into police custody for five days by a court at Solan on Saturday.

Sher Singh Thakur, who held powers of the state drug licensing authority was caught with Rs 4,95 lakhs, while reportedly doing the rounds of pharmaceutical units in Baddi industrial area by the state vigilance officials.

Thakur’s bail application was rejected by the court.

DSP A.P Singh said, “The police have secured a police remand for questioning him.”

Thakur, who was responsible for issuing licenses and approving products, was under surveillance of the vigilance authorities for sometime and complaints against him had been received earlier also.

Solan district police chief SPS Verma disclosed that Sher Singh Thakur was nabbed while collecting money. His house in Solan has been raided and sealed. An inquiry into his assets has been started, he said.

In court, counsel for the accused said Thakur was being falsely implicated and the cash allegedly recovered from him was found in a car that was owned by someone else. “A fresh application for his release will be moved on Monday,” he said.

With Barotiwala, Baddi and Nalagarh having become a major pharmaceutical manufacturing hub of the country, licensing, product approval and monitoring of business practices has become an important activity in the state.

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