Ahmedabad, Apr 12 (PTI) Gujarat BJP president C R
Paatil is facing fire over free distribution of 5,000 doses of
key COVID-19 drug Remdesivir in Surat with the opposition
Congress on Monday demanding his arrest for alleged illegal
procurement and storage of the medicine.
The Gujarat Congress sought registration of an FIR
against Paatil, who had stirred a controversy last week after
he announced free distribution of 5,000 doses of Remdesivir in
Surat, his hometown, amid a shortage of the medicine.
The free distribution started from the BJP”s Surat
office on April 10.
Even as the Congress sought his arrest, as many as
3,000 vials had already been distributed during the last three
days, including around 1,000 injections given free to
relatives of needy patients on Monday, said an office-bearer
of the Surat BJP.
A Congress delegation, led by state unit chief Amit
Chavda, called on Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and sought
strict action against Paatil for “flouting rules”.
“No one knows how Paatil procured 5,000 Remdesivir
injections. Is he having any licence to buy and store such
critical drug in his premises?
“How much money was spent (to buy the drug) and under
which law it was procured? There is absolutely no information
available about it,” Chavda told reporters after meeting the
Other members of the Congress delegation included
Rajya Sabha MP Shaktisinh Gohil, Leader of Opposition Paresh
Dhanani and former Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh
“It appears that one man is controlling the entire
state. Since the BJP government is not taking any action, we
urged the Governor to intervene in the matter.
“We want the police to lodge an FIR and arrest Paatil
for this illegal act so that others refrain from doing such
acts in the future,” said Chavda.
Paatil had told reporters on Saturday that the free
distribution of the much sought after COVID-19 medicine was
decided after looking at the plight of relatives of patients
who needed Remdesivir.
“We were seeing long lines of people for injections
and that is the reason we decided to help relatives of
“The government is doing a good job by providing
Remdesivir free of cost in government hospitals, while those
in private hospitals have to pay large sums of money for it,
the Gujarat BJP president had said.
On Monday, Surat MLA Harsh Sanghavi of the BJP came
out in support of Paatil and said all the injections were
procured from other states by paying money.
The ruling party legislator also hit out at the
“We have purchased these injections from other states
where they are in excess. We are giving it for free to the
needy people who are standing in queues.
“Is it a crime to help the needy people? Did Chavda
give even one injection free to someone his own constituency?”
asked Sanghavi. PTI PD/PJT
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