Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for a report on a probe she'd ordered in August into allegations of corruption to the tune of ₹ 2,000 crore in connection with the purchase of equipment related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Dhankhar asked, “I am keen to know what happened to that probe. What is the report? What was the basis on which an investigation into purchase of pandemic equipment was ordered? Who investigated it? Who was investigated? Who were the beneficiaries of the single tender or was it a free-for-all.”?

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“If people can create an opportunity to make money during a pandemic, we are shaming our civilization and our system. The report should be made public,” he added.

The Governor's comment met with a swift retort from Trinamool minister Firhad Hakim, who went to the ICMR-NICED later in the day to volunteer for the trial and was administered a dose.

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"This is not the place to raise such issues. If the Governor did so, he did wrong," Hakim said.

Nevertheless, the BJP has supported the governor for raising questions to Mamata Banerjee for “Pandemic Purchase Scam" probe report.