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Public Prosecutor Must Apply Mind Independently Before Filing Report U/MCOCA Seeking Extension Of Time To Investigate, He Is Not A Mere Postman: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court held that before filing a report under the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) seeking extension of time for further investigation in a case beyond the 90 day period, the Public Prosecutor must apply his/her mind independently. He is not a mere postman or a forwarding agency, Court said. Division bench of Justice RV Ghuge and Justice BY Debadwar of the Aurangabad bench quashed and set aside the order of the concerned Special court allowing the investigating officer’s application under Section 21(2)(b) of the MCOC Act seeking extension of time for tendering the charge-sheet. Moreover, the order dated September 10 rejecting the application filed by accused under Section 167(2) of the CrPC for default bail, was also set aside.

Asia Law Offices advised a major transnational strategic collaboration between its client, UAE-Based Pharmax Pharmaceuticals, and Swiss pharma major Acino Pharmaceuticals.

ALO represented Pharmax in the structuring and closure of entire transaction documents of the significant collaboration.

The collaboration framework extends to licensing, manufacturing, and supply of Acino formulations within the gastroenterology and the cardiovascular space throughout the Middle East and Africa.