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Indictment hearing against Sabrina-Arif on Sep 26

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:20 PM, 6 September 2021  

JKG Healthcare chairman Dr. Sabrina Chowdhury; File Photo

JKG Healthcare chairman Dr. Sabrina Chowdhury; File Photo

A court in Dhaka today has fixed September 26 for the testimony against eight people, including JKG Healthcare chairman Dr. Sabrina Chowdhury and her husband chief executive officer (CEO) Ariful Haque Chowdhury, in a case lodged over cheating by issuing the fake coronavirus (Covid-19) test reports.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sadbir Yasir Ahsan Chowdhury’s court fixed the new date on Monday.

On the day, the accused were produced in court. As the witness did not appear in court, the prosecution asked for time to testify. The court granted the petition and fixed September 26 for further testimony.

The other accused in the case are – Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, Humayun Kabir Himu, Tanzila Patwari, Biplob Das, Shafiqul Islam Romeo and Jebunnesa.

According to the case details, Tejgaon police arrested Humayun Kabir, an employee of JKG Healthcare and his wife Tanzila Patwari on June 23 last year and confessed in court on various issues including cheating under section 164 the next day.

Sabrina’s husband Ariful Haque Chowdhury and six others was arrested on the same day by Tejgaon police in a raid at JKG’s Gulshan office. Sabrina was brought to the Tejgaon Divisional Sub-Police (DC) office on last year’s July 12  and interrogated. After the interrogation, the police arrested her in a case filed with Tejgaon police station.

The court, on August 20 of that year, framed charges and fixed August 27 for testimony. The plaintiff in the case, Md. Kamal Hossain, on August 27, testified in court against the accused. So far, 17 out of 40 witnesses in the case have testified. 

Earlier on August 6 last year, Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Zulfiqar Hayad fixed August 13 for the hearing. At the same time, he transferred the case to the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sarafuzzaman Ansari for trial. 

The probe committee, on August 5, filed a chargesheet against eight people, including Sabrina and Ariful, for allegedly giving fake Covid-19 reports in the case. There, Sabrina and Arif were mentioned as “the masterminds”. The rest of the accused helped them to commit fraud and forgery.

According to the chargesheet, the other accused had collected samples from the patients on the instructions of Sabrina and Ariful and extorted money from the patients by making fake Covid-19 reports.

It is learned that 27,000 patients received Covid-19 test reports from JKG Healthcare. The samples of 11,540 patients out of the 27,000 were properly tested through IEDCR.  The reports of the remaining 15,460 patients were made faked which were later found on the recovered laptops.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sabrina Sharmin was granted bail on a bond of Tk 20,000 by the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes in the case filed by the Election Commission (EC) on charges of fraud, however, did not release from prison due to the case for cheating by issuing fake Covid-19 test reports.