Indore: Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by Indore Dawa Bazaar Chemist Association challenging allocations of government land to Arogya Retail outlets in the city.

A division bench of Justice PK Jaiswal and Virendra Singh rejected the petition on finding the arguments submitted by the association unreasonable.

The district administration had allocated government land at Dhakanwala Kuna and Khajrana to Arogya Retail. Challenging this decision of the administration, the Association had filed a petition in the court making the administration, Red Cross and Arogya Retail respondents in the case.

The argument of the Association was Arogya Retail was a private limited company and was provided government land illegally.

After hearing all the parties in the case, the HC dismissed the petition on Monday.  Arogya Retail is a chain of pharmacy outlets for discounted quality medicines run and managed by Oxygen Lifeline. At Arogya Retail discount is given on all type of healthcare products, ranging from 20% to 75% depending on various categories.

Ever since, Arogya Retail outlets have been setup in the city, other medical stores suffered huge losses. It is because of this, Indore Dawa Bazaar Chemist Association allegedly stopped selling medicines to the Arogya Retail.

Arogya Retail director KP Singh claimed that the Association has imposed embargo on wholesale of medicines to Arogya outlets. “Following this ban, we have to import medicines from other districts which lead to increase in cost of retail medicines following carrier expenses. However, we still ensure that patients get the promised discount from our outlets.”

Rubbishing the claims of Singh, Indore Dawa Bazaar Chemist Association president Vinay Bakliwal said that the association had not imposed any ban on wholesale of medicines to Arogya Retail.

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