A former health ministry official has approached the Supreme Court alleging that he was being victimised for placing objection notes in the file on allocating ephedrine quotas beyond the allowed share to different pharmaceutical manufacturers.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, on Wednesday issued notices to the interior secretary and Federal Investigation Agency director general to file a report on the plea of former deputy director general of health Muhammad Tanveer.
Tanveer had noted his objections on different files for allocation of huge quotas of ephedrine, but despite his disagreement the ex-DG, secretary and minister granted the quotas to two companies.
In his plea, Tanveer maintained that he was victimised by senior government officials for not siding with them in the case.
Tanveer has already recorded his statement with the ANF and investigators have obtained his objection notes from the official documents.
Before the apex court, the former health official said he was first transferred out of the health ministry, and now he was being transferred to Gilgit-Baltistan, adding that an inquiry had been initiated against him by the FIA based on a bogus complaint.
The objection notes and Tanveer’s statement to investigators could provide significant assistance in ascertaining the roles of then-health secretary Khushnood Lashari and former health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2012.
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