The representatives of the Gujarat-based Uniphos Envirotronic, manufacturer of breathalysers sold under brand name Uniphos 395, had allegedly visited the c in the city to stop them from giving their opinion on the report that a committee had prepared after testing 22 of their machines.
A committee appointed by the state police chief found that a batch of new breathalysers identical to the more than 200 that the city police are now using have serious flaws. Sources in the FSL said the company wanted the payment for its supplies of the 59 hand-held breathalysers and an adverse report could have held back their payments.
The company has vehemently denied that they tried to stop the FSL from sending their opinion on the report.
Rahul Singh, head marketing and business operations, said: “We did approach the FSL, Mumbai, but only after we found out from DGP office, where we had gone to follow-up for payment against our supply, they had asked FSL for a report and that the file was stuck, as they had not received any feedback from FSL even after three weeks.” Singh’s reply to an email query said: “We came to know that the DGP office had submitted a letter to the Prohibition and Excise Department of FSL along with an instrument sample for testing purposes. FSL had returned the instrument saying they did not have the required facilities to conduct the test as required by DGP.”
“At no point did we indicate that FSL should not send their report to the DGP.”