Singaporean fashion e-commerce company Jilingo shipped “millions” of insufficient Chinese KN95 masks to India in 2020 during the Covid pandemic by forging third-party inspection certificates, two senior health ministry officials said on Tuesday.
The discrepancies were discovered by the Ministry of Health’s central procurement agency HLL Lifecare Ltd, formerly Hindustan Latex Limited (HLL). We have centralized procurement through HLL to accelerate immediate procurement. The Ministry of Health established a special commission to prepare specifications for general masks, glass and N95. In addition, HLL appointed an inspection company to conduct pre-shipment inspections at production sites.
In one such case, a Singapore company tried to ship millions of insufficient Chinese KN95 masks to India in 2020 by forging third-party inspection certificates. This was discovered by HLL’s shipment inspection team and the supplier’s bank guarantee of $6.75 million was cashed.
“The money is in a separate account at the Indian High Commission in Singapore and is a secondary matter,” the official said. The official named Jilingo, whose CEO Ankita Bose was fired earlier this year following allegations of financial irregularities. Bose called it a bad decision. “Gingo is firmly condemned by immoral behavior, and he did not share more details because it is a vice judge. Productivity and prices have affected PPI purses around the world, and the company wants to encourage false information about this elegance.”
The questions sent to the Ministry of Health did not reveal this answer. In October 2020, the Delhi High Court ordered the transfer of $6.75 million to the Indian High Commission in Singapore.
HLL Lifecare was completed in February 2020 as the central purchasing agency responsible for the emergency procurement of essential medical supplies for the Covid-19 pandemic. “HLL supported the central procurement department in the preparation of tender documents and award of tender, evaluation and contract,” another official said.