Fake N95 masks: Aparajita International owner Sharmin out on bail | The Daily Star
05:42 PM, September 22, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:27 PM, September 22, 2020

Fake N95 masks: Aparajita International owner Sharmin out on bail

Sharmin Jahan, proprietor of Aparajita International, walked out of jail after getting bail recently in a case filed over supplying fake N95 masks to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU)'s Covid-19 isolation unit.

This correspondent came to know of the bail order today.

Metropolitan Magistrate Md Shahidul Islam on September 10 granted her bail after her lawyer moved a petition.

In his order, the magistrate said the accused is a woman and she has a baby. Moreover, she was placed on a three-day remand after her arrest and the remand report is usual. So, her bail was granted considering jail custody, the magistrate added, General Recording Officer Nizamuddin Fakir confirmed.

Earlier on July 24, Sharmin, former assistant registrar at the DU Registrar's Office, was arrested from the capital's Shahbagh area.

The following day, she was placed on a three-day remand in the case.

BSMMU Proctor Prof Syed Mozaffar Ahmed filed the case against Sharmin Jahan, a member of Awami League's Central Sub-Committee on Women and Children, with Shahbagh Police Station on July 23.

Previously, she was a leader of Chhatra League.

According to the First Information Report (FIR), BSMMU authorities deiced to purchase safety gears for the frontline doctors of newly launched Covid-19 unit on May 27.

Receiving verbal instructions from BSMMU authorities, several companies submitted samples of masks. Those were later sent to Dysin International Ltd, a DGHS approved lab, for tests.

The lab report mentioned Aparajita International's samples to be the best.

Later, BSMMU authorities sought pricing of the masks from Aparajita International on June 23 and received the quotation on the next day.

On June 27, BSMMU approved the work order to provide 11,000 N95 masks in the name of Aparajita International.

The company then supplied around 3,460 N95 masks in four consignments -- between June 30 and July 13.

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