ISPR statement confirms Sarwardi declared persona non grata

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Bangladesh Army on Sunday clarified its stance over lieutenant general (retired) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardi, Bir Bikram, and said he was declared persona non grata in all cantonments and its areas on 10 April.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate made the clarification through a press release, mentioning that anyone declared persona non grata is restricted from access to Combined Military Hospitals (CMH), Officers' Club and CSD shops.

The ISPR said it noticed that the former army man had made false remarks over Bangladesh Army on social media platforms.

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"When he was the commandant of NDC (National Defence College), he developed immoral relations with more than one woman. He also moved with many women while travelling abroad in addition to the period of different courses at NDC,” it stated.

On 16 August 2018, he divorced his first wife. Later on 21 November on the same year, he married another woman wearing a mess kit (military uniform) without any permission from the authority.

Before the second marriage, he had been living at the same residence with another woman named Farzana Brownia since 3 November.

Being accompanied by Brownia, he celebrated Pahela Baishakh and went on leisure trips to Sajek and Khagrachari in addition to other foreign trips.

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Pictures taken on the occasions were circulated on social media that drew criticism in both military and civil platforms.

Aside from these, there are controversies regarding his second wife, the statement further said.

Such behaviour of Hasan Sarwardy is a cause of embarrassment for all members of the armed forces. It also put an adverse impact on Army officers.

Considering the overall situation, Bangladesh Army declared him as persona non grata on 10 April.