Indictment hearing against DGHS former DG, 5 others today
Published: 10:06 AM, 6 June 2022
Former DGHS DG Abul Kalam Azad (L) and Regent Group chairman Md Shahed alias Shahed Karim - File Photo
Today (Monday) is set for holding hearing on charge-framing in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against six people including former director general (DG) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad.
Judge Al Asad Md Asifuzzaman of Dhaka's Special Court-6 is set to hold the hearing.
The other accused are - Regent Group chairman Md Shahed alias Shahed Karim, former DGHS director Aminul Hasan, deputy director Dr Md Eunus Ali, assistant director Dr Md Shafiur Rahman and research officer Dr Md Didarul Islam.
Earlier on February 22, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Qayesh accepted a charge-sheet against them and transferred the case to Dhaka Special Judge Court-6 for further hearing.
Investigation officer (IO) and ACC deputy director Farid Ahmed Patwari on September 30, 2021, filed the charge-sheet in the case.
The ACC filed the case on September 23, 2020, against five. Though initially, Azad's name was not there in the list of accused, later his name was included in the charge-sheet as the IO found his involvement during his investigation.
According to the case documents, the accused under mutual agreement turned unregistered and out of operation Regent Hospital into a Covid-dedicated hospital and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
They arranged testing samples of 3,939 people for Covid-19 at National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM) free of cost, whereas they realized Tk 3,500 from each person as test fee and embezzled Tk 1,37,86,500 in this way.
They are also accused of submitting bills for Tk 1,96,20,000 as food allowance for doctors, nurses, ward boys and other officials and staff of Regent Hospital's Uttara and Mirpur branches.