The regulatory body, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), has a “zero tolerance” policy towards corruption and is “committed to act stringently” against such acts, the Ministry said.
The 20-member special team will assist a five-member team in Lucknow which is already probing the case. Six top forensic experts from Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory reached the crime scene on Friday.
The searches include those at 11 locations in Lucknow and NCR in connection with the sugar mills disinvestment scam case during Mayawati’s tenure as Uttar Pradesh chief minister, officials said on Tuesday.
Normally, a new incumbent gets a week's time to take charge, but Shukla, who was appointed on Saturday, took the reins of the agency within two days in the backdrop of the agency's tussle with the Kolkata Police which broke out on Sunday, officials said.
"The CBI has been repeatedly misused by the BJP, which is trying to use the probe agency for political gains and turn it into 'His Master's Voice'," she said, referring to the fiasco surrounding Alok Verma.