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Regent Hospital scam: Ex-DGHS DG Azad gets ad-interim bail till Nov 2

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  • 7th October, 2021 01:03:43 PM
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Regent Hospital scam: Ex-DGHS DG Azad gets ad-interim bail till Nov 2

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A Dhaka court has granted bail to former director-general (DG) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr Abul Kalam Azad after he surrendered in the case filed over the Regent Hospital scam.

Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge KM Imrul Kayes granted the bail to Azad till November 2 on a bond of Tk 20,000 after the ex-DGHS surrendered in the court on Thursday morning.

On September 20, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) approved a chargesheet against six people, including Azad, in the corruption case.

Azad was not initially named in the chargesheet but his name was added later following an investigation, Deputy Director of ACC's Public Relations Office Md Arif Sadeq told UNB.

Deputy Director of the anti-graft commission Farid Ahmed Patwary lodged the complaint against five people at Dhaka Coordinated Office-1 in September last year for embezzling Tk 1.37 crore by issuing fake Covid certificates from Regent Hospital.

The five others accused in the case are Regent Group Chairman Shaheduzzan, former DGHS Director Aminul Hasan, Deputy Director Yunus Ali, Assistant Director Shafiur Rahman, and Research Officer Didarul Islam.

Last year, numerous cases of mismanagement and irregularities in the health sector got exposed when physicians of some government hospitals, including Mugda General Hospital, complained of receiving low-quality masks and protective equipment.

The issuance of fake Covid-19 certificates by some hospitals triggered huge criticism at home and abroad. In fact, the scam came to light during a drive at Regent Hospital on July 6.

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion arrested Regent chairman Mohammad Shahed from the Komorpur border area in Debhata upazila of Satkhira district on July 15 on charges of issuing fake Covid certificates.