Pune: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Pune, has booked three persons for illegal sale of spurious products to farmers in the brand name of Hindustan Antibiotics Limited's (HAL) Humaur (bio-organic foliar spray). HAL claimed they have stopped production of Humaur since 2012-13.
Based on a complaint by KMM Rao, National Sales Manager (Agro-vet), HAL, Pimpri, the agency registered the FIR against Sanjay Baburao Shinde, a senior technician in HAL's pilot plant, DP Rajput, the area executive (agro—vet division), marketing department of HAL, and Baburao Tukaram Parit, proprietor of Omkar Krishi Seva Kendra, Chikurde in Valva taluka of Sangli district and other unknown officials of HAL and private persons. Parit is Shinde's father. They have been charged for cheating and criminal conspiracy.
As per the FIR, HAL which is owned by the Central government, manufactures agricultural products namely Streptocycline, Aureofungin and Humaur, besides life-saving medicines. For the purpose of marketing and sale of the products the company established branch offices across the country. The company also appointed distributors to market its products. HAL has exclusive trademark registration for its products.
Recently, the company authorities received information that spurious stocks of Humaur are being sold in Saswad. “On December 14, our team visited the spot and collected a pack of Humaur 250 ml and 500 ml from Mauli Krishi Bhandar, Saswad. As per the label pasted on the pack of 250 ml pack of Humaur, mnufacturing date was August 2015 and MRP Rs 120.07. As per the label pasted on the 500 ml pack of Humaur, the manufacturing date was August 2015 and MRP Rs 234.09. HAL stopped manufacturing Humaur 250 ml since May 2012 and Humaur 500 ml since December 2013. The shopkeeper said he had procured packs of Humaur from Omkar Krishi Seva Kendra, Chikurde, the authorised distributor, and he provided a copy of the purchase bill dated August 24, 2017," states the complaint.
The complaint stated that HAL technician Shinde has taken distributorship in the name of his father, however, he is managing the sale of products at Omkar Krishi Seva Kendra in Chikurde. “It has been learnt that Rajput is actively involved in this fraud. He and Shinde obtain orders from the market for HAL products, but divert the same to Shinde, who supplies spurious products through Omkar Krishi Seva Kendra, with the brand name of HAL to retailers for onward sale to farmers. There is possibility of involvement of more employees of HAL in this racket," the complaint adds.