THE THANE sessions court has directed the local police to reply to an application seeking re-test on the samples of Ephedrine seized in the drug haul case.
The reply has been sought on an application filed by the director of Avon Lifesciences, Manoj Jain, who has been arrested in the case.
It states that the company has the requisite licence for manufacturing Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride, Ephedrine and Ephedrine Hydrochloride.
A report from the Forensic Science Laboratory sent last month had confirmed that the samples sent by the police from the Solapur unit of the company had the drug Ephedrine.
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The application claims that the seized product from the tin shed of the godown in Solapur was D-Ephedrine, which is a waste product of Ephedrine with no commercial value.
“It has been stored by the previous management in the tin shed behind the godown of the said factory at Solapur. The material is included in the firm’s stock records as also in the excise records,”the application states.
“ The material has been lying there for more than seven years. The present management is not involved in the manufacture of the said material,” it adds.
The accused claim that the current report from the FSL includes tests that are not conclusive about the presence of ephedrine.
“The chemical analyser report received has tests that are erroneous and the finding is not correct. This is as per the manual for use by national drug testing laboratories by the UN,” said advocate Ayaz Khan, representing Jain.
The application claims that a Specific Optical Rotation test should be undertaken for a conclusive report for the court to determine the substance.
An official from the Thane crime branch denied the allegations, claiming that the CA report has been relied upon by the court as evidence in similar cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), 1985.