FDA chief writes to police after 57 files go missing from office

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 01, 2014 22:34 IST

The Kherwadi police have registered a first information report (FIR) in connection with the mysterious disappearance of 57 files from the office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the last few days.

The case was registered after FDA commissioner Purushottam Bhapkar submitted a written application at the Kherwadi police station asking them to conduct an inquiry. The missing files are said to have contained reports on raids conducted by the FDA on various drug manufacturing companies, sample medicines and chemist inspections in the last couple of years.

Virendra Mishra, deputy commissioner of police zone 8, said, “A case has been registered. We have been recording the statements of the officials concerned from the FDA to conduct an inquiry.”

After the incident came to light, Bhapkar has made it mandatory that each and every file in the department be registered online.

An internal inquiry was conducted soon after senior officers in the department noticed the missing files. “It was revealed that two officers of the rank of assistant commissioner had a role to play in the disappearance of the files,” said a senior FDA official on the condition of anonymity.

While both officers were issued a show-cause notice, the FDA has approached the police department to register an FIR and conduct a proper inquiry, the official added.

A file going missing is a serious offence and it appears that someone from the department has hidden the files to benefit a guilty party, he said.

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