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Bail plea of Mizoram ex-CIC rejected in drug trafficking case

 AIZAWL, Oct 12 - A special court here on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of former Mizoram Chief Information Commissioner Robert Hrangdawla, who was arrested and remanded in judicial custody for allegedly trafficking pseudoephedrine to Myanmar.Hrangdawla, a retired IAS officer was arrested by State Health department’s Food and Drugs Administration inspectors and produced before the court on October 4.

Hrangdawla’s advocate Joseph L Renthlei pleaded that his client did not illegally smuggle drugs as he was a drug licence-holder and that he should be released from jail on bail on medical grounds.

Special Drugs and Cosmetics Act court judge Vanlalenmawia ruled that the health condition of the accused should be examined within two days. The bail plea would be heard again after the opinion of the medical experts are available, he said.

State Taxation department officials had seized 10 lakh medicine tablets suspected to be pseudoephedrine on February 22 at Lengpui Airport near here. The consignment was allegedly sent by Dehradun-based Cooper Pharma Limited to R and R Medicare, owned by Hrangdawla, officials said.

He was handed over to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors who booked him under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. Such suspicious consignments had been moved through Lengpui airport several times, the officials said.

FDA Joint Director Lalsawma said that the accused was arrested as he did not maintain records on how he disposed the drugs. – PTI

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