A Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Tuesday sentenced Chattogram-based Nurjahan Group chairman and managing director Zahir Ahammed to one-year imprisonment in a case filed by the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution for not maintaining standard vitamin levels in soybean and palm oils of their company.
Chattogram metropolitan magistrate Kazi Shariful Islam pronounced the verdict in the case filed by BSTI in 2019, BSTI lawyer Ashraf Uddin Khandakar said.
He said that convict Zahir Ahammed was still in hiding.
The court announced that the businessman would have to pay Tk 2.5 lakh in fine and, in default, he would have to serve 15 months more in jail, the lawyer said.
BSTI seized some bottles of soybean oil of Nurjahan Group’s Nurjahan brand in 2019 in a raid at Jasmir Vegetable Oil Ltd, a sister concern of Nurjaahan Group, at Fauzdarhat Industrial Area in Chattogram.
After testing the oil, BSTI found that the vitamin A level in the seized oil was lower than the government-set level.
Later, on October 20, 2019, BSTI inspector Rajib Das Gupta filed the case against Zahir Ahammed, also the managing director of the Jasmir Vegetable Oil Ltd, for not maintaining the standard level of vitamin A in Nurjahan brand edible oil, produced by the Nurjahan Group.