Health Desk—Oct 18, 2017: The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to explain how an official of the drug administration was carrying out his job even after a HC directive ordering his suspension.
Assistant Director Shafiqul Islam of the Directorate of Drug Administration was suspended for negligence in dealing with a case filed for manufacturing toxic Paracetamol that killed 28 children in 2009.
The director general of the Directorate of Drug Administration (DGDA) has been asked to give the explanation in seven days regarding the matter.
The HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order following a petition by Manzill Murshid on behalf of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
During the hearing, Manzill Murshid told the court that the government suspended two officials of the drug administration, including Shafiqul Islam, in August in line with a HC order for their suspension for negligence and inefficiency in dealing with the case filed for manufacturing toxic Paracetamol.