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Former Mizoram’s Chief Information Commissioner arrested for smuggling decongestant


Former Mizoram’s Chief Information Commissioner arrested for smuggling decongestant

Aizawl ( Mizoram’s former Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Robert Hrangdawla was today arrested for allegedly trafficking decongestant drug Pseudoephedrine to Myanmar.

Special court of Drugs & Cosmetics Act issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the accused and his aide (worker) Lalchhanmawia for violation of section 27(b),27(d) and 28-A of The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

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The retired IAS officer Hrangdawla was arrested by the State Health Department’s Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials at Lengpui airport on 22 February this year for possessing 10 lakh tablets of Centri-P medicine. The intoxicative medicines were sent by a Dheradun based back copper pharma Ltd to be delivered to R&R medicare owned by Hrangdawla. He was later produced before the court of the Aizawl District and Sessions Judge Lucy Lalrinthari, who remanded him to judicial custody.

On 16 March, assistant director of Food & Drugs CMO office Aizawl West filed complaint against the accused at Special Court, Drugs & Cosmetics Act.

The accused was produced before Special Court, Drugs & Cosmetics Act Judge Vanlalenmawia today and was booked under The Drugs and Cosmetics Act. As per the court verdict, the retired Chief Information Commissioner and his aide Lalchhanmawia would be sent to jail.

Earlier, the state Excise and Narcotics department officials intended to arrest him in October 2015 for suspected smuggling of Pseudoephedrine but relented after learning that he was possessing a drug license to import the drugs.

FDA Joint Director Lalsawma said that the accused was arrested as he did not maintain records on how he disposed the drugs.


Co-Editor, Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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