Srinagar: The J&K High Court Friday directed state government to inform the court about the number of cases pending against persons found involved in spurious drugs trafficking.
The court observed that it was the responsibility of authorities to see and check how spurious drugs are coming into the market.
Hearing a suo-moto cognizance taken by the court on the basis of media reports, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur sought information from the government about the number of pending prosecutions in spurious drug cases in the whole state.
The direction came after Amicus Curiae Altaf Haqani informed court that the menace of spurious drugs has touched an alarming level. He said that as per a news report government run company has supplied about seven spurious drugs.
Chief Justice Mittal remarked that human lives cannot be taken for granted and authorities of state owe responsibility for safeguarding the life of a common man.
Court also directed the authorities to take effective steps for publicity in the public at large about the availability of drugs in government institutions as also about the rules and regulations and availability of machinery with the government for diagnosis.
Earlier authorities were directed to monitor all diagnostic and cancer centers to prevent unfair practises.