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N95 mask scam: High Court upholds bail of JMI chief

  • Published at 06:29 pm January 19th, 2021
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The virtual bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order on Tuesday

The High Court (HC) on Tuesday upheld a lower court order, allowing bail to JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing Ltd (JHRML) Md Abdur Razzaq, on charges of supplying and receiving fake N95 masks. 

A High Court division virtual bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order, discharging a rule issued against the bail order.

“The court has discharged the rule, upholding the lower court bail for Abdur Razzak,” said Advocate Nahid Sultana Juthi, counsel of the accused.

Advocates MK Rahman and Nahid Sultana Juthi argued for the JMI chairman while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan took part in the hearing representing the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). 

Meanwhile, Deputy Attorney AKM Amin Uddin appeared for the state.

The High Court on November 30, 2020, issued the rule asking as to why it shall not scrap the lower court order granting bail to Abdur Razzaq in the case. 

Also Read - N95 mask: HC rules against bail order for JMI chairman

The court had come up with the order after holding a hearing on a petition of the ACC.

Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge Court on October 15, 2020, granted bail to Razzaq.

Deputy Director of the ACC Md Nurul Huda filed the case on September 29 against six officials of Central Medical Store Depot (CMSD) and JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing Ltd Chairman Abdur Razzaq.

The accused officials are: Deputy Director Dr Zakir Hossain (now superintendent of Cox’s Bazar General Hospital), Assistant Director (Storage and Distribution) Shahjahan Sarkar, Chief Coordinator and Desk Officer Mohammad Ziaul Haque (now attached to DGHS), desk officer with additional responsibilities of the store Sabbir Ahmed (now medical officer of Dewanganj Upazila Health Complex in Jamalpur), Store Officer (acting) Kabir Ahmed (now on post-retirement leave), and Senior Storekeeper Mohammad Yusuf Fakir.

Including the JHRML chairman, the seven accused benefited through misusing their authority. They were responsible for supplying and receiving 20,610 fake N95 masks which were later distributed to 10 healthcare institutes, said an ACC statement.

Although CMSD officials are supposed to receive products only after they are checked by a survey committee, the 20,610 masks supplied by JHRML did not go through any such procedure. The distribution of the fake masks put the lives of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals at risk, the ACC statement added.

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