Delhi police question Youth Congress chairman in court-ordered probe

Delhi Police today questioned Youth Congress President Srinivas BV over allegations of illegal supply and distribution of Covid-19 drugs in an ongoing investigation ordered by the High Court of Delhi. Police have already questioned some AAP and BJP leaders in the case, and will question more politicians from various parties.

A team from the Delhi Police Crime Directorate visited the headquarters of the Indian Youth Congress today to question President Srinivas BV about the source of the COVID-19 relief materials his organization is using to help population. The police were acting on instructions from the Delhi High Court, which had asked them to carry out an investigation into the involvement of politicians in the alleged illegal distribution of COVID-19 drugs.

As the Congress party raised outrage at the questioning and ‘neutral’ reporters questioned the propriety of investigating someone for handing out Covid-19 aid, it may be noted that BJP leaders were also questioned and are being questioned in the same case. On May 11, Delhi BJP leader Harish Khuranna informed that he had also been questioned by Delhi police and had given a statement.

“I gave them my statement and said that I never hoarded, bought or sold drugs. I went through official channels to help people get access to drugs. They showed me a copy of the High Court order on the basis of which the investigation is proceeding,” Khurana said.

On the same day, the Delhi Police Crime Branch had interrogates AAP MLA Dilip Pandey also in connection with alleged ‘illegal distribution of Covid drugs etc’.

Delhi HC orders police to investigate ‘medical-mafia-political nexus’ charge in distributing COVID-19 drugs

The Delhi Police investigation is being conducted pursuant to an order from the Delhi High Court, which asked them to investigate the involvement of politicians in the alleged illegal distribution of COVID-19 drugs. Delhi police are likely to summon BJP MP Gautam Gambhir, who is also on the front line helping people during the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

A petition has been filed by Dr. Deepak Singh, Chairman of the Hruduya Foundation, in the Delhi High Court, seeking a CBI investigation into an alleged “medical mafia-politician nexus” and the illegal distribution of COVID drugs by politicians. The petitioner had mentioned Gambir, Srinivas, as well as BJP leaders Sujay Vikhe, Gautam Gambhir and Shirish Chaudhari, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Congress MP Mukesh Sharma, NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Rohit Pawar, citing the cases of Remdesivir distributed by them. The petition also called for these individuals to be detained for allegedly black-marketing Covid-19 drugs under the National Security Act 1980, and to disqualify MPs and MPs.

On May 4, the court had rejected the plea to file an FIR and CBI investigation, but asked the Delhi police to look into the matter. The Court had asked the police to review cases of politicians who allegedly sourced Remdesivir directly and distributed it to patients with Covid-19, and to file an FIR if irregularities were found. The court asked the state to file a status report within a week and scheduled the case for hearing on May 17.

“In the event that any alleged incidents have taken place in Delhi, the Delhi Police should take appropriate action by registering the FIR,” the divisional bench of Judge Vipin Sanghi and Judge Rekha Palli said in an order.