HC refuses permission to Pristine Life Sciences to remove machines

Gangtok, 27 May:

Pristine Life Sciences Pharma Company located opposite Bhanu Park in Singtam, East Sikkim,received a huge jolt after the High Courtrejected its plea to remove its plant and machineries from Sikkim after it facedclosure in March earlier this year for allegedly violating airand water pollution norms.

The pharmaceutical company had soughtthe High Court of Sikkim’s permissionto remove its plant and machineries from Sikkim to other parts of the country. This was rejected by the division bench of the High Court.

Pharmaceutical industries in Sikkim are presently under judicialscanner for alleged violation of air and water pollution norms and conditions stipulated in their licenses. As ofnow, none of the Pharmaceutical industries in Sikkim have fulfilled 100% ofthe provisions laid under the schedule-M of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945.

The pharma company in question reportedly wants to remove its plant and machineries fromSikkim and handover the property to its landlady, RuthKartak Lepchani.

However, the landlady had objected the pharma company’s plea and had statedthat the pharma company had done unauthorizedconstruction and had also caused damage to her property.

After hearing both sides, the HC, in its order last week, granted libertyto Pristine Life Sciences Pharma Company as well as Ms Lepchani to approach the competent Civil Jurisdictional Court forappropriate relief in accordance with law.

The State Government had previously cancelled the drugs manufacturing license of Savi Health Science Pharmaceutical Company at Majitar, East Sikkim,after an inspection carried out byState Pollution Control Board officials on the directions of the HighCourtrevealed that there was serious non-compliance of provisions laid under theschedule-M of the Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

The Health Department in its closure order to Pristine Life Sciences had put on record that “…You aredirected to discard all the processed tablets, capsules & sterile products as perSikkim Pollution Control Board norms with intimation to the office of theundersigned”.