The court sentenced Zaheer Ahmad, managing director of Noorjahan Oil, Chittagong, to one year of rigorous imprisonment in a case filed by Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) for marketing substandard edible oil.
Judge Kazi Shariful Islam of Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate-4 gave the sentence on Tuesday (September 20).
At the same time, he was fined Tk 250,000 and sentenced to another 15 months imprisonment in various sections of the case.
Advocate Ashraf Uddin Khandkar, lawyer of BSTI in the court, confirmed this information to Roni Jago News.
According to court sources, in 2019, BSTI raided M/s Jasmir Super Oil Limited, a subsidiary of Noorjahan Oil on Sagarika Road in Faujdarhat area. At that time, samples of fortified palm olein from the factory were collected and tested in the lab, but the vitamin A standard could not be passed.
Later BSTI Chittagong inspector Rajeev Dasgupta filed a case in the Metropolitan Magistrate Court on October 20, 2019 as the plaintiff. The case is referred to as an offense punishable under Sections 15 and 21 and Sections 27 and 29 of the BSTI Act-2018. Besides, enrichment of vitamin ‘A’ in edible oil is contravening Section 4(1) and 4(2) of the Act, 2013 and is considered as an offense punishable under Section 16(1) and 16(2) of the said Act.
After a long hearing, the court sentenced Zaheer Ahmed, the only accused in the case under these sections. However, the accused was not present in the court when the verdict was pronounced. There was already an arrest warrant against him.
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