A scandal involving sale of spurious and expired drugs has surfaced in Tamil Nadu after police and health officials raided over 1,000 pharmaceutical godowns and shops across the state and seized such substances worth several crores of rupees.

Investigation is now on to ascertain possible inter-state nexus in the racket following the surrender of the prime suspect, Director of Meena Healthcare, Meenakshisundaram, police sources said.

The CB-CID wing of the state police has registered cases under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and provisions of the IPC and has been conducting raids at different parts of the state even as the Chennai Police has formed special teams to solve the case.

For the last couple of weeks, the Drug Control Authority (DCA) officials, with the help of police, have raided more than 1,000 pharmaceutical godowns and shops following instructions from Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to prevent sale of spurious drugs.

DCA Director M. Bhaskaran said the raids would continue and the department was in the process of cancelling licenses of errant shops.

The sale of spurious drugs came to light when DCA officials seized several thousands of fake cough syrup bottles, manufactured under the label of a leading company, from a gowdown in Cuddalore district.

A person named Valliappan, believed to be involved in the crime, surrendered before court and confessed that he had procured the drugs from Andhra Pradesh.

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