Bakson’s chairman charged with illegal clearance to colleges

Updated on Feb 21, 2008 01:57 AM IST
The CBI files a chargesheet against the Chairman of Bakson’s drugs and pharmaceuticals for allegedly regularising 37 homeopathy colleges, reports Naziya Alvi.
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Hindustan Times | ByNaziya Alvi, New Delhi

The CBI has filed a chargesheet against the Chairman of Bakson’s drugs and pharmaceuticals, who is also the president of the Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH), for allegedly regularising 37 homeopathy colleges after they agreed to buy drugs from his company. Bakson’s Drugs & Pharmaceutical Pvt Ltd runs 30 super specialty Homoeopathic Clinics throughout the country.

In a chargesheet filed in a city court on Monday the CBI has accused SPS Bakshi (55), son of a renowned homoeopath, Dr Kirpal Singh Bakshi, of abusing his official position as the president of CCH, a statutory body constituted under the provision of Homeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 and granting recognition to 37 colleges. The council gets grant-in-aid from Ministry of Heath and Family Welfare.

“The extension of recognition was granted to the colleges despite the fact that they did not meet minimum requirements for the bachelor course of Homeopathy”, said the chargesheet.

Bakshi refused to extend the recognition to Homeopathic Medical College, Hoshiarpur (Punjab), because Dr SP Anand, secretary of the college had refused to purchase medicines worth Rs 5 lakh manufactured by Bakshi’s company, the agency alleged. The CBI during the probe found that the said college met all the perquisite conditions for granting of sanction.

On the other hand, Solan Homeopathy Medical College was granted permission despite not fulfilling the mandatory minimum requirement. It was later found one of the members of the college had bought drugs worth Rs nine lakh from Bakson’s drugs and pharmaceuticals.

A few years ago, Bakshi was reportedly arrested by Kolkata police on charges of selling homeopathic medicines mixed with steroids, without a licence from the state drug control directorate, in his clinic in Kolkata.

The agency has also accused CCH vice president Dr Ramjee Singh and secretary Dr Lalit Verma of getting into a criminal conspiracy together with Bakshi to grant recognition to colleges in violation of norms laid down by the Government of India.

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