Saturday, 23 October, 2021

Regent Hospital Scam

ACC submits charge sheet against former DGHS DG, 5 others

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday submitted a charge sheet against six people, including former director general of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad, in a case filed over the much-talked about Regent Hospital scam.

ACC Deputy Director Md Farid Ahmed Patwary, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Senior Special Judges Court in Dhaka.

Five more people, including Regent Group chairman Shahed Karim, were named in the charge sheet in a case filed over embezzling government funds in the name of coronavirus sample collection and treatment without having any license.

Four other accused are former director (Hospitals and Clinics) Dr Aminul Hasan, Deputy Director (Hospital-1) Dr Md Younus Ali, Assistant Director (Hospital-1) Dr Md Shafiur Rahman, and Research Officer Dr Md Didarul Islam.

Abul Kalam Azad’s name was included in the charge sheet even though his name was not in the First Information Report of the case.

Of them, Shahed is now in jail while four others are on bail. Former DG Abul Kalam Azad was shown ‘fugitive’ in the charge sheet. The IO appealed to the court to issue arrest warrant against Azad as he did not get bail from any court in the country.

The ACC filed the case against Shahed and four others on September 22 last year. According to the case statement, the accused converted Regent Hospital, which had been shut down, into a dedicated Covid-19 Hospital without renewing its license and abused power as they wanted benefit by illegal means.

They embezzled over Tk1.37 crore through testing samples of Covid-19 patients in a government-run lab Nipsom, the statement said.

There is also allegation that the accused also attempted to realise monthly Tk 1.96 crore illegally as food allowance for doctors, nurses and other officials of the Regent Hospital. 

On July 15 last year, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained Shahed from the border area in Satkhira on various fraudulence charges during the coronavirus pandemic.

Shahed had been on the run since a case was filed against him and some others for issuing fake Covid-19 test reports at Regent Hospital.