TISL files FR case over controversial medical supplies procurement through Indian Credit Line

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Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has filed a fundamental rights petition with the Supreme Court today (February 16), naming 47 Respondents, in relation to the steps taken by the Cabinet of Ministers, the Minister of Health, the Ministry of Health, and the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) to procure medical supplies from two Indian private companies.

TISL says this case is filed in the public interest and challenges

  • The role of the cabinet of ministers in procuring medical supplies through unregistered private suppliers
  • The role of the NMRA in providing a Waiver of Registration to procure medical supplies from unregistered suppliers
  • Non-compliance with procurement guidelines including the emergency procurement process
  • Abuse of process by the Minister of Health and the Chief Executive Officer of the NMRA.

In the petition, TISL has also alleged that the citizens’ fundamental right to equality and the right of access to information have been violated, along with serious disregard for the health, safety and well-being of the people and in total abuse of public trust and public funds. TISL further seeks further information on these transactions.

The petition seeks interim orders against the procurement based on this unsolicited proposal and the placing of any orders, approvals for Waiver of Registration of 38 drugs, importation of said drugs into Sri Lanka and making payment for such drugs.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, the Director-General of Customs, the Inspector-General of Police, Savorite Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Limited, Kausikh Therapeutics Pvt Limited and the Attorney-General have also been named as respondents in the petition.