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Import of human immunoglobulin, medical supplies without competitive bids challenged before court

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Colombo, April 18 (Daily Mirror) - Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has filed a Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court seeking a declaration that the imports of human immunoglobulin (Human-IG) and several other medicinal drugs without competitive bids is wrongful and illegal.  

The petitioner highlighted the serious ramifications on the health sector and the public from the recent controversial procurement of medical supplies including human immunoglobulin.

The Cabinet of Ministers, the incumbent and former higher officials in the health sector, former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, the companies involved in the controversial supplies of Human-IG, the Treasury Secretary, the Auditor General, the Director General of Customs, the Inspector General of Police, Members and Director General of CIABOC and the Attorney General are among the 66 respondents named in the petition.

This petition has been filed in the public interest, with the aim of seeking accountability for the misuse of public resources and the violation of the fundamental rights of citizens.

The petitioner further seeking a declaration that the purported decision of the Cabinet of Ministers and the health authorities to procure medical supplies from Isolez Biotech Pharma AG (Pvt) Ltd, Livealth BioPharma (Pvt) Ltd, Yaden International (Pvt) Ltd, Nandani Medical Laboratories (Pvt) Ltd, Divine Laboratories (Pvt) Ltd, Gulfic Biosciences Limited, Novachem Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Slim Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd is wrongful, illegal, unlawful and of no force or avail in law.

In addition, it requests the court to direct the Attorney General to commence prosecution of persons identified to have obtained financial or other benefits through the procurement of medical supplies through the use of Waivers of Registration. 

It further requests the court to direct the Attorney General to recover the costs incurred to the State or the public, and seek compensation from the relevant parties mentioned in the petition.

  Comments - 5

  • Joshua Thursday, 18 April 2024 08:34 PM

    Well done. The kingpin of this whole episode is keheliya. He has committed crimes against humanity. Hope we will see a fair trial against this fellow. Ir is a shame that our one seat president didn't take any action against this keheliya. He wants another term as president. My foot

    Ram Friday, 19 April 2024 01:51 AM

    Good work. Our SC must formulate a reasonably a smooth procedure to have these matters heard sooner. If I may suggest one issue, before formulating a bench ask the judges before naming them to a bench. We see matters postponed on the day of the case, when some Judges recusing to hear a matter

    Bandu Friday, 19 April 2024 04:37 AM

    How come some miscreants of the NMRA are not named as respondents.

    KR Supporter Friday, 19 April 2024 11:06 AM

    KR organized local production of human immunoglobulin (basically giving tap water instead) to save money for Sri Lanka and also to reduce the population of overpopulated Sri Lanka. KR must be admired.

    Sakya Friday, 19 April 2024 02:39 PM

    Also increase business for undertakers value additions to GDP

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