The Drug and Food Control Organisation on Wednesday filed challan in Srinagar’s Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) against 17 companies allegedly involved in the supply of spurious drugs and other violations, sources told The Hindu. The TADA court is the designated court for filing cases under the Drug and Cosmetics Act.

The Inspector General of Crime Javed Mujtaba Gillani maintained that the DFCO’s challan was a separate process that would not have any bearing on the Crime Branch’s probe into the infamous spurious drug scam. There was a possibility that some of the trials could be clubbed at a later stage, he said.

Sources said an advocate and a Drug Inspector filed the challan in the TADA Court before its presiding officer Muzaffar Iqbal Qureshi, adding the seventeen companies, among them the Jammu-based Lifeline, the Dehradun-based Sanative and the Mumbai-based Medley, whose labels and stationery have been found to have been used by the proprietors of Lifeline.