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Fake N-95 masks: HC upholds bail of JMI Chairman Razzak

The High Court on Tuesday upheld the bail of JMI Limited Chairman Md Abdur Razzak granted by a subordinate court in a case accusing the company of supplying fake N-95 masks.

Razzak secured bail from Dhaka’s Metropolitan Senior Special Judge Court on Oct 15 last year but the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a review petition.

After hearing the petition, the High Court issued a rule on Nov 30, asking the authorities concerned to explain why the bail should not be canceled.

Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim’s virtual bench disposed of the rule and upheld the bail order.

The accused will be on bail until the trial is completed, the court said.

It said Razzak cannot leave the country without the court’s permission. The court can scrap his bail if he is found abusing his bail.

ACC filed a case against seven people at its integrated district office, Dhaka-01, on Sept 29 last year and arrested Razzak, chairman of JMI Hospital Requisite Manufacturing Ltd, over allegations of corruption in supplying N-95 masks to some government hospitals.

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On April 24 last year, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare formed a committee to investigate allegations of providing low-quality products, including N-95 masks, to some government hospitals.

Khurshid Alam Khan represented ACC in the hearing and MK Rahman stood for Razzak. Deputy Attorney General Amin Uddin Manik represented the state.

Source: United News of Bangladesh