CBI arrests joint drug controller in corruption case | India News


NEW DELHI: CBI apprehended Joint Narcotics Controller on Monday S Eswara Reddy for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 4 lakh for dropping out of the phase three clinical trial of Insulin Injection of aspart, an underdeveloped product of Biocon organic productsofficials said.
After obtaining information on an exchange of bribes, the CBI registered a case of conspiracy and corruption against Reddy, stationed at CDSCO headquarters, and Dinesh Dua, director of Synergy Network India Private Limited, among others.
The CBI, which had been working on the entry for over a month, raided and Dua was caught giving a bribe of Rs 4 lakh to Reddy out of the promised total amount of Rs 9 lakh on behalf of Biocon Biologics, a subsidiary of Kiran Majumder. Shaw-led Biocon, officials said.
“The phase 3 clinical trial is an important regulatory mechanism to assess the safety of a pharmaceutical product. Any attempt to give it up can have serious public health repercussions,” an official said. The CBI alleged that the regulatory work of Biocon Biologics was carried out by Guljit Sethi of Bioinnovat Research Services Private Ltd.

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