N95 mask scam: JMI Group chairman Abdur Razzak put on 5-day remand

Sun Online Desk

29th September, 2020 04:43:28 printer

N95 mask scam: JMI Group chairman Abdur Razzak put on 5-day remand

A Dhaka court on Tuesday placed Abdur Razza, chairman of JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing Ltd, on a five day remand in a case filed on charges of supplying fake N95 masks to the Central Medical Store Depot (CMSD), the government body that sources medical supplies.

Judge KM Imrul Kayes of the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka passed the order after Nurul Huda, deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), produced him before the court with a 5-day remadn prayer on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, a team of ACC arrested Razzak from the capital after Md Nurul Huda filed a case against him in this connection.

The ACC deputy director filed the case with its Integrated District Office, Dhaka, accusing Abdur Razzak and six staff members of CMSD.

The CMSD employees are: Deputy Director Md Zakir Hossain Khan; Assistant Director Md Shahjahan Sarkar; Chief Coordinator and Desk Officer Dr Md Ziaul Haque;  Desk Officer Dr Sabbir Ahmed; Acting Store Staff Md Karbir Ahmed and Senior Store Keeper Md Yusuf Fakir.  

According to the case statement, JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing Ltd supplied 20, 610 pieces of fake N95 masks to CMSD in March, and the masks were later distributed to 10 organisations. 

On July 8, the anti graft body quizzed Razzak for about six hours to gather more information regarding the issue.

The ACC summoned Razzak to appear before it for interrogation over the allegations on July 1.