Hyderabad, Oct 29 : Pharma major Dr Reddy's on Thursday said it has entered into a partnership with Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) set up by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) for advisory support on clinical trials of Russian Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, in India.
The partnership will allow Dr Reddy's to identify and use some of BIRAC's clinical trial centres for the vaccine, which are funded under the National Biopharma Mission (NBM), implemented by the Project Management Unit-NBM at BIRAC.
The company will also have access to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) labs to conduct immunogenicity assay testing of the vaccine.
"We are pleased with the collaboration with BIRAC as an advisory partner for clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine in d, statements made by a person before any officer empowered under Section 53 shall merely be "relevant" for the purpose of proving the truth of any facts contained in the said statement.
"Therefore, statements made before the officer under section 53, even when 'relevant' under section 53A, cannot, without corroborating evidence, be the basis for the conviction of an accused," it said.
Commenting on the statement made before police officers and drug agency officers, the top court said: "Further, if the distinction between police officer as narrowly defined and the officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau is something that is to be stressed, then any interpretation which would whittle down the fundamental rights of an accused based solely on the designation of a particular officer, would fall foul of Article 14." The top court emphasized that the classification between the two types of officers would have no rational relation to the object sought to be achieved by the statute in question, which is the prevention and detection of crime.