Kanhangad: Investigation into the magic medicine sales team who were arrested here has led to crores of rupees worth financial fraud. The incident was brought to light by a sting operation conducted by some doctors. Dr. T. V. Padmanabhan who led the sting operation said that it has been found in the preliminary investigation that the medicine was sold in all south Indian states.
The fraudsters sold the medicine by advertising in internet and making a wide marketing chain. Their company is headquartered in Bengaluru. They also distributed an English book titled ‘Vedic Drinks’ explaining about such drinks.
The fraudsters used to stay at a hotel room paying Rs 3000 per day in Kanhangad. The investigation team said that S. M. Raju, an IAS officer under suspension, is the kingpin of the fraud. He was suspended for misappropriating huge amount of money from the grant allotted for backward students.
Dr. Padmanabhan, who is also the chairman of IMA subcommittee against magical remedies, arrived at the hotel room pretending to be a patient seeking treatment for intense cough. IMA executive committee member Dr. Cyriac Antony also accompanied him.
First, he was asked about his BP, sugar and cholesterol levels. It was Raju who asked questions to the patient. Later, he told some codes to his assistant and gave a note to the patient. The medicine prescribed by them costs at least Rs 5000. When another patient from Thrikkaripur called the assistant and complained of loss of appetite he was advised not to take food in that case.
It is learnt that hundreds of people have fallen prey in Wayanad, Kannur and Kozhikode districts by the time. Though the magic medicine fraud has been noticed already, police have not charged any case. IMA lodged a complaint to the district police chief and handed over the same to Kanhangad DYSP. Only Drugs Control Department registered a case as per the Drugs and Magic Remedies Act.
Even when an IAS officer was caught red handed for diagnosing diseases and prescribing medicines, Hosdurg police did not charge any case. When the officials started inspection, Raju moved to the washroom and fled from the scene. Dr. T. V. Padmanabhan said that he would file a complaint to the prime minister’s office in this regard.