Doctor gives medicines without permit, booked

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2014 07:56 IST

Cracking down on alleged drug rehabilitation centres running without valid licences, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) registered a complaint against a city-based psychiatrist, Dr Ashwin Mohan, for distributing medicine without valid permit.

The NCB had raided the premises of Mukat Hospital and Heart Institute in Sector 34 on a complaint that alleged that Dr Mohan was advising and distributing Buprenorphine without having any de-addiction centre in his capacity. However, the drug can only be distributed in de-addiction centres.

The NCB team recovered a bulk of medicines from his house in Sector 27 on Wednesday. As per information, Dr Mohan was picked from Mukat hospital and his residence was raided from where `58.2 lakh were recovered.

Apart from cash, the NCB also recovered around 71,200 tablets of Buprenorphine.

“No arrest has been made, but seized cash and medicines were produced before the court on Thursday. The NCB had forwarded a few queries to the UT director, health services, regarding whether Dr Mohan can store medicines in such huge quantity. Further course of action will be decided on their opinion. The NCB team found purchase bills but no record regarding disposal of these medicines was found,” said special public prosecutor Kailash Chander.

Sources in the NCB reveal that Dr Mohan was questioned for about eight hours and he admitted that he did not have licence to run the de-addition centre.

Dr Mohan did his MD in psychiatry from the PGIMER and is practising in Chandigarh for the past one decade.

Repeated attempts to contact Dr Mohan failed.

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