Indictment hearing against 6 incl DGHS’s ex-DG ends, order Jun 12...

Indictment hearing against 6 incl DGHS’s ex-DG, Shahed ends, order Jun 12

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:24 PM, 6 June 2022   Updated: 04:24 PM, 6 June 2022

Professor Dr. Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, former director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Md. Shahed alias Shahed Karim, chairman of Regent Hospital; File Photo

Professor Dr. Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, former director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and Md. Shahed alias Shahed Karim, chairman of Regent Hospital; File Photo

The indictment hearing against 6 people including Professor Dr. Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, former director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for embezzling government funds has ended. The court has fixed June 12 for the order. 

The hearing was held in the court of Justice Asad Md. Asifuzzaman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-6 on Monday. 

The other accused mentioned in the chargesheet are – Md. Shahed alias Shahed Karim, chairman of Regent Hospital, DGHS former director Aminul Hasan, deputy director (Hospital-1) Dr. Yunus Ali, assistant director (Hospital-1) Dr. Shafiur Rahman and research officer Dr. Didarul Islam. 

Earlier, ACC Deputy Director Farid Ahmed Patwari, who is investigating the case against six persons including Shahed alias Shahed Karim and former DGHS DG Prof. Dr. Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad, filed the chargesheet in the court on September 30, 2021. 

The chargesheet was taken into cognizance by the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes on February 22. Besides, the case was transferred to Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-6.

According to the case sources, the accused have conspired with each other to convert the unlicensed Regent Hospital into a dedicated COVID hospital, execute a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and test the samples of 3,939 COVID patients free of cost in the lab of government institution NIPSOM. 

A total of Tk 1,37,86,500 – Tk 3,500 per patient – was taken for sample testing in that hospital. They have been accused of taking initiative to send the draft to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with a demand of Tk 1,96,20,000 as monthly food expenses for doctors, nurses, ward boys and other officials of Regent Hospital’s Mirpur and Uttara branches.

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