CBI arrests joint drug controller S Eswara Reddy on alleged bribery charges

Our Bureau, New DelhiTuesday, June 21, 2022, 12:15 Hrs  [IST]

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a joint drug controller (JDC), posted at the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) Headquarters, New Delhi and a director of private company based at Delhi in an alleged bribery of Rs. 4 lakh.

According to news agency reports, the investigation agency has apprehended S Eswara Reddy, joint drugs controller, one of the senior most official in the country's drug regulatory administration and former Drug Controller General of India, after raids conducted at the headquarters and other places on June 20.

CBI has said that a case was registered against the Joint Drug Controller (India) (JDC), CDSCO Headquarters, New Delhi and others including directors, Associate Vice President and Head-National Regulatory Affairs (NRA) of separate private companies, two based at New Delhi and another at Bengaluru; Assistant Drug Inspector (ADI), CDSCO, New Delhi and other unknown officials of CDSCO, New Delhi and unknown others.

"It was alleged that the accused was trying to exert undue influence on officers of CDSCO under Directorate General of Health Services, ministry of health & family welfare (GoI), Delhi to waive the phase III trial of 'Insulin Aspart Injection'", said a CBI press release.

It was further alleged that the accused agreed to pay bribe amount of Rs. 9 lakh to JDC, CDSCO for favorably processing the said three files related to private company based at Bengaluru and also for favourably recommending the file of "Insulin Aspart injection" to the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) meeting.

CBI laid a trap wherein the JDC of CDSCO was caught while accepting bribe of Rs. 4 lakh from the director of Delhi based private company. The said director of Delhi based private company was also caught.

Searches were conducted at 11 places located at Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Patna, Bengaluru which led to recovery of incriminating documents/articles.

Investigation is continuing, said the investigation agency.