Man gets 15 yrs for selling fake drugs
A special court in Thane has sentenced a man to 15 years in jail for manufacturing and selling spurious drugs.
Special Judge WK Sangle also imposed a fine of Rs 5,30,000 on Siddhu alias Siddharth Janme Jay, who was convicted under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), Indian Penal Code and Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
The judgement was delivered over the weekend.
Jay, a resident of Ulhasnagar here, was found guilty of manufacturing spurious medicines and selling them under the brand names of several well-known pharmacy companies.
He was arrested along with accessories used for making spurious drugs at Kalwa in mid-2004.
Three other accused - Jayesh Mehta, Mukesh Joshi and Vikram Kapoor - who allegedly supplied him foils, were acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidence.
The prosecution told the court that police seized aluminium foils, drug labels, power and equipment used in making spurious medicines from Siddhu.
He operated a nationwide network, which he used to sell the spurious medicines, it said.
The medicines seized from him were tested at various laboratories and certified as being substandard, the prosecution said.
Sanjay Londhe was the Special Public Prosecutor in the case, while Makarand Patki and Sandip Pasbola appeared for the accused.