Regent Hospital Scam

Ex-DGHS director, Shahed sued

Staff Correspondent

24 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against five people including Regent Hospital Chairsman Shahed Karim and former Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) director (Hospitals) Aminul Hasan on charge of corruption.

ACC Deputy Director Farid Ahmed Patwary on Wednesday filed the case with its integrated district officer-1 in Dhaka following approval from the three-member ACC probe team, said ACC Director (Media) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

The other accused of the Deputy Director (Hospitals) Yunus Ali, Assistant Director Dr Shafiur Rahman and Research Officer Dr Didarul Islam.

However, former DGHS director general Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad, who resigned facing a torrent of criticism from all corners over the scam, was not included in the graft case.

According to the case, the accused abused power to transform closed Regent Hospital into a dedicated Covid-19 hospital, signing memorandum of understanding with the hospital and giving it permission to test the samples at government lab and embezzling Tk 1.37 crore by taking testing fees from patients.

There is also allegation that they also attempt to realize monthly Tk1.96 crore as food allowance of doctors, nurses and other officials of Regent Hospital.  

On July 15, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained Shahed from the border area of Satkhira on various charges of fraud during the coronavirus pandemic. It became hot topic of the talk after law enforcing agencies unearthed huge corruptions in Regent Hospital.

Later on July 21, Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad resigned as DGHS director general amid criticism over his role and DGHS director (Hospitals) Aminul Hasan was removed the following day over various irregularities in the health department in dealing with Covid-19 pandemic.