Mumbai: Doctor Tripathi played vital role in fake vaccine drive: Court

While rejecting the anticipatory bail plea of Dr. Manish Tripathi, accused in the fake vaccination drive, the

Dindoshi sessions court said, in its detailed order, that he played a vital role in the commission of the offence.

The court said there are serious allegations against Tripathi, stating that he himself filled saline in broken sealed vaccine vials, which were provided at the camp site in Kandivli. It noted that it is alleged that after vaccination, he was carrying all the empty vials.

Additional sessions judge L S Chavan said as the gravity of the offence is serious and the probe is on, his custodial interrogation is imperative to recover the empty vials as well as to investigate what chemicals were used to fill the broken sealed vaccine vials and the financial transactions related to the vaccinations.

The court said, it appears that he had organized a vaccination drive at Hiranandani Heritage club house in Kandivli and the accused conspired to administer the vaccine without appointing trained doctors and nurses. Further, the vaccination certificates of different hospitals and different dates were generated.

In the plea through his advocate Adil Khatri, the doctor, who is also the director of an institute, had called himself a scapegoat and said that the police are trying to protect Shivam Hospital, its owners and their son, who are involved. Later, the police had arrested the founder of the hospital and his wife.

Opposing the relief, the police had told the court that the doctor had trained some students of his institute to administer saline injections to each other and roped them into the drives.

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