Former DGHS DG Azad gets bail
Published: 12:52 PM, 7 October 2021 Updated: 08:37 PM, 7 October 2021
Former director-general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad - File Photo
A Dhaka court on Thursday granted ad-interim bail to former director-general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad in a case filed over the much-talked-about Regent Hospital scam.
Earlier in the day, the former DGHS director-general surrendered before the court and file a petition for bail in the case through his lawyer.
Later, Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka granted his bail. The judge said the bail order will remain valid until November 2.
Earlier on September 30, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Deputy Director Farid Ahmed Patwary, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge sheet before the Senior Special Judge Court in Dhaka against Abul Kalam Azad and five others in the case filed over embezzling government funds. The former health directorate chief was shown as a fugitive.
The five others are Regent Group chairman Mohammad Shahed, DGHS 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.
They have been accused of embezzling government funds in the name of coronavirus sample collection and treatment without having any license.
Abul Kalam Azad’s name was not mentioned in the First Information Report (FIR) of the case but was added following investigation.
The ACC filed the case against Regent Group chairman Md Shahed and four others on September 22 last year.
According to the case documents, the accused converted Regent Hospital, which has shut down, into a dedicated Covid-19 hospital without renewing its licence. The accused also abused power as they wanted to profit from illegal means, said the documents.
They allegedly embezzled over Tk1.37 crore by testing samples of Covid-19 patients at the lab of National Institutes of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), the statement added. The accused also attempted to illegally collect Tk1.96 crore monthly as food allowance for doctors, nurses, and other officials of the hospital.