Fraud at Regent Hospital

Shahed under ACC scanner

Staff Correspondent

15 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday sent letters to different regulatory bodies including Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit of Bangladesh Bank (BB) and Security Exchange Commission asking them to provide detailed information about Regent Hospital owner Md Shahed Karim.

The anti-graft body’s enquiry team also sent letters signed by ACC Deputy Director Abu Bakar Siddique to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) asking for necessary documents.

“The commission has sought information on bank accounts of Shahed from the central bank and necessary documents (agreement paper on treating coronavirus patients) from other organisations including the DGHS,” said ACC Director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

Earlier on Monday, ACC opened an inquiry against Shahed Karim on charges of accumulating illegal wealth by corrupt means.

ACC officials said the commission initiated the inquiry against Shahed after it received complaints that he amassed illegal wealth by conducting fraudulent activities, including microcredit and MLM business.

It is also alleged that Shahed has evaded tax, taken out bank loans using false names and embezzled a huge amount of money.

Shahed’s illegal activities surfaced after the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) discovered that fake Covid-19 test reports are being provided from his hospital in Uttara in the city.