The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court order restraining two drug administration officers from working due to their negligence in dealing with a case regarding toxic paracetamol syrups and suspensions.
The officials are Assistant Director Shafiqul Islam and Deputy Director Altaf Hossain of the Directorate General of Drug Administration.
Following a petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a four-member bench of the SC’s Appellate Division passed the restraining order.
Shafiqul and Altaf were held responsible by the Dhaka Drug Court in 2016 for knowingly violating the due legal procedures in a case against Rid Pharma, a company accused of manufacturing the toxic paracetamol.
On July 18 this year, the HC issued the restraining order against Shafiqul and Altaf for their negligence in duty, which was later stayed by the SC following a petition filed by the duo.
Later, lawyers of HRPB filed another petition with the SC seeking cancellation of the chamber judge’s order which the apex court did yesterday.
Between June and August 2009, at least 28 children across the country died of renal failure which was allegedly caused by the paracetamol syrups and suspensions manufactured by Rid Pharma.