wThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet against all the five accused in a bribery case involving Bengaluru-based Biocon Biologics.

They include an official of the biosimilar subsidiary of Biocon, a top official of drug regulator Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), an alleged conduit, and two other individuals.

The agency in its charge sheet filed last week has annexed alleged incriminating WhatsApp texts exchanged between alleged conduit (a woman) in the case and the accused official of

Biologics to buttress its charges, people aware of the matter told ET.

It is alleged that the Director of a Delhi based company (Bioinnovat Research) hired by Bengaluru-based Biocon’s subsidiary Biocon Biologics for securing regulatory approvals bribed government officials to facilitate product approvals for Biocon Biologics, an allegation the Bengaluru based drug maker has denied.

According to people cited above, CBI has gathered “more evidence” to corroborate its charges of bribery.

A Biocon Biologics spokesperson on Wednesday told ET, “Biocon has not received a copy of the chargesheet yet; hence we cannot comment further.”

The person added, “The company has not made any payments to Bi

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