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2021-09-21 13:01:16 BdST

Regent Hospital scamACC approves chargesheet against ex-DGHS DG, 5 others

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday approved a charge sheet against six people including former Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad in a case over Regent Hospital scam.

Azad was not initially named in the case but the charge sheet added his name after an investigation, Deputy Director of ACC Public Relations office Muhammad Arif Sadeq told journalists.

Deputy Director of the anti-graft commission Farid Ahmed Patwary filed the case against five people with Dhaka Coordinated Office-1 on September 23 last year for embezzling Tk 1.37 crore by issuing fake Covid test certificates from Regent Hospital.

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

Last year, numerous incidents 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.

Then issuance of fake Covid-19 certificates by some hospitals triggered huge criticisms at home and abroad.

The scandal came to light with a drive at Regent Hospitals on July 6 and the Regent Group head office along with its hospitals was subsequently sealed off.

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Regent Hospital chairman Mohammad Shahed from Komorpur border in Debhata upazila of Satkhira district early July 15 on charge of issuing fake Covid-19 certificates.

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