The High Court of H.P. today issued notices to the Secretary (Home), Director General of Police, S.P. Shimla and S.H.O. Police Station Rohru on a petition of Ayush Bragta, an 8th standard student of Glory International Public School, Rohru, who had jumped off the 3rd floor of the School building on November 23.
A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on the petition alleging cover up by the Police to save School authorities.
The petitioner has alleged that three teachers of the School had beaten him mercilessly, prompting him to jump off the building to save himself. He has also alleged that the Police is hand in glove with School authorities and have not carried out investigation to arrest the alleged culprits. He also alleged that evidence against the culprits is being compromised by not collecting it at the earliest, resulting in erasing of a CCTV footage relating to the incident by School authorities. The petitioner has requested the Court to direct transfer investigation to an Investigating Officer not below the rank of DSP and to direct S.P., Shimla to personally oversee the investigation and to complete investigation in time bound manner.
The Court directed the Secretary (Home) and Police authorities to submit their replies before next date and posted the matter for December 17.
Shimla. December 15, 2014
The High Court of H.P. today directed the Director (Food & Civil Supplies) H.P., Drug Controller, Drug Controller General of India, Health Secretary of the Central Govt. and the Director Health Safety & Regulations, H.P. to submit their replies on the issue of large scale use of harmful oxytocin vaccine in milk, fruits and vegetables.
A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a petition taken up suo moto by the Court as Public Interest Litigation on a news report published in a Hindi daily on misuse of Oxytocin vaccine.
In the reply submitted before the Court, the State Govt. submitted that Injection Oxytocin is drug covered under Schedule H of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act and sold strictly on prescription of Registered Medical Practitioner only. There is proper check on the sale of injection and regular inspections of chemists and drug manufacturers are conducted through regulatory mechanisms. The govt. submitted that there are 14 manufacturers of the Injection in H.P., which manufacture it for human use only and not for veterinary use and no contravention with respect to the manufacture, sale and distribution of Oxytocin injection has been reported.
It was alleged in the newspaper report that large scale use of oxytocin vaccine is on rise in Himachal Pradesh in milk, vegetables, fruits and non-vegetarian products, which is a source of a number of harmful side effects. The vaccine is used to increase the milk production of milch cattle, enlarging the size of vegetables and fruits and to improve its colour and shine. It can have a wide range of side effects including brain damage, blood cancer, low blood pressure, silent hear attack, cardiac arithemia, pelvic hematoma and impaired uterine blood flow. The news item had also reported that there is large scale production of oxytocin in the pharma hub of Himachal i.e. in Baddi, Barotiwala and Nalagarh. The report also apprehended its illegal production in the Industrial areas of District Sirmour also.
The Court appointed Sh. Satyen Vaidya, Advocate as Amicus Curiaein the case and posted the matter for December 22.