ACC Deputy Director Md Farid Ahmed Patwary

Judge didn’t hear the petition citing other cases and told Azad to submit his plea another day

Former Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) chief Abul Kalam Azad had to return from the court without surrendering in the case filed over the much-talked about Regent Hospital scam on Tuesday.

The former DGHS director general turned up at the court of Dhaka’s Senior Special Judge KM Emrul Kayesh on the day to surrender and move a petition for bail.

However, the judge could not hear the petition as he had to deal with other cases and told the former DGHS DG to submit the petition another day.

On September 30, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) charged six people with embezzlement, including the former health directorate chief. He was shown as a fugitive.

ACC Deputy Director Md Farid Ahmed Patwary, also the investigating officer (IO) of the case, submitted the charge sheet before the Senior Special Judge Court in Dhaka and appealed to the court to issue an arrest warrant for Azad.Apart from Azad, charges have been pressed against Regent Group Chairman Shahed Karim, former DGHS 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.

On July 15 last year, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained Shahed from the border area in Satkhira on various fraud charges.

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