Retd IAS officer Robert Hrangdwala held for smuggling decongestant drug

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Oct 2017 10:25:07


The Hitavada State Bureau,


FDA officials, seized 10 lakh tablets suspected to be Pseudoephedrine, which belonged to R and R Medicare, owned by Hrangdawla

Retired Chhattisgarh cadre Indian Administrative Service officer and former Chief Information Commissioner of Mizoram, Robert Hrangdwala was arrested today for trafficking decongestant drug Pseudoephedrine to Myanmar informed sources.

Hrangdwala was arrested by the Mizoram Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials and was produced in the court of Aizawl District and Sessions Judge, who further remanded him to judicial custody. According to FDA officials Hrangdwala was arrested as he did not maintain records on how he disposed the drugs.

According to the FDA officials, the department had seized 10 lakh medicine tablets suspected to be Pseudoephedrine, which belonged to R and R Medicare, owned by Hrangdawla, during February this year at the Lengpui Airport near Aizawl. Then he was booked under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. The officials suspected that such consignments had been going through the airport several times. However, the Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department had intended to arrest Hrangdwala in October 2015 under suspection of smuggling Pseudoephedrine, but after learning that he reportedly possessed drug license to import the drugs, they gave up. Pseudoephedrine drug is banned in Mizoram.

Robert Hrangdwala, a 1970 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre officer, had shifted to Chhattisgarh after its inception. He was posted as Secretary in Home, Labour, Tribal and Revenue departments before getting retired on February 28, 2005 as Additional Chief Secretary. Hrangdwala was also indicted in a furniture scam during his tenure as Secretary Tribal Welfare and departmental enquiry was initiated in this direction.