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Asiri Medical Hospital Directors fined after pleading guilty!

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The Director Board members of the Asiri Medical Hospital have been fined by the Maligakanda Magistrate Court after pleading guilty to 11 charges including selling government price controlled drugs at exorbitant prices.

Mr. Kelum Gimendra Jayasuriya had represented the Director Board members as an authorized representative with regard to the legal case.

Previously on Dec. 15, 2023 The Maligakanda Chief Magistrate – Lochani Abeywickrema had issued notice to the Director Board members of the hospital to appear before court on Jan. 23.

According to the case filed under the National Medicines Regulatory Authority Act No. 5 of 2015, the group’s directors – Vishal Bali, Ashoka Kariyawasam Pathirage, Ankur Nand Thadani, Karunamuni Manjula Prasanna Karunaratne, Sudarshan Ahangama, Gardiyar Lokuge Harris Premaratne, Sivakumar Sellaiya, Haresh Kumar Kaimal and Ajith Karunaratne as well as Assistant Billing Manager – B.D. Sadathisaru have been named as respondents.

However, when the complainant with his private lawyers as well as the officials from the NMRA Food and Drug Inspection Unit had gone to court on Jan. 23, the case had not been summoned as scheduled.

When inquired with the registrar’s office, the party had been told that the case was taken up in advance on January 17, when the defendant hospital had filed a motion ex parte and had pleaded guilty before an acting magistrate. The hospital had been subsequently fined Rs.25, 000 for the charges filed against them, which had been paid.

*The verdict

*The document naming Mr. Jayasuriya as authorized representative

*The list of drugs sold at exorbitant prices

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