Supplying fake masks to BSMMU

Awami League leader Sharmin on 3-day remand

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A Dhaka court on Saturday placed Awami League leader and Aparajita International proprietor Sharmin Jahan on a three-day remand in a case filed over supplying fake N-95 masks to BSMMU's COVID-19 unit.

The chief metropolitan magistrate's court passed the order following a plea of the Detective Branch (DB) of police.

Sharmin, also an assistant registrar at Dhaka University, was arrested from the capital's Shahbagh area on Friday night.

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Earlier on Thursday night, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) proctor Md Mozaffar Ahmed filed the case against Sharmin Jahan, a member of Awami League’s former central sub-committee for women and children's affairs, on Thursday night.

BSMMU authorities accused her of putting the life of frontline fighters against coronavirus at risk by supplying substandard masks.

BSMMU proctor in the case statement said, Sharmin got a work order of supplying 11,000 masks to the university on 27 June.

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The BSMMU authorities found various discrepancies in two contingents of the supplied masks and found those to be substandard.

They on 18 July served a show-cause notice on Sharmin.

In reply, Sharmin on 20 July ‘regretted’ the incident, which further proved her fault, claimed the BSSMU authorities.

Talking to Prothom Alo before being arrested, Sharmin denied supplying substandard masks and claimed she was being victimised.