In the case of the ACC, the former Director General (DG) of the Department of Health, Dr. The court has fixed January 16 as the date for taking testimony against six people including Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad. The ACC has filed this case on allegations of misappropriation of government funds by contracting for the collection and treatment of coronavirus samples despite the hospital’s license not being valid.
Today, Thursday, the day was fixed for taking testimony in the case. As no witness in the case appeared in court, the ACC applied for time. Judge Manjurul Imam of Dhaka’s Special Judge Court-6 granted the application for time and fixed January 16 as a new date for the next testimony.
The other defendants mentioned in the charge sheet of the case are – Chairman of Regent Hospital. Saheed aka Saheed Karim, former Director of Health Department Aminul Hasan, Deputy Director (Hospital-1) Dr. Yunus Ali, Assistant Director (Hospital-1) Dr. Shafiur Rahman and research officer Dr. Didarul Islam
On September 23, 2020, Farid Ahmed Patwari filed the case at ACC’s Dhaka Integrated District Office-1.
On September 30, 2021, former Director General of the Department of Health Professor Dr. Mohammad Abul Kalam Azad and Chairman of Regent Hospital. ACC Deputy Director Farid Ahmed Patwari, the investigating officer of the case against six people including Saheed alias Saheed Karim, filed the charge sheet in the court. Then on February 22, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kaish’s court took cognizance of the charge sheet.
The case was filed on allegations of misappropriation of government funds by contracting for collection and treatment of coronavirus samples even though the hospital’s license was not valid. Although former DG Health Abul Kalam Azad was not made an accused in the case, his name was included in the chargesheet as his name came up later in the investigation.
According to the case sources, the accused misused their power to convert Regent Hospital, which had not renewed its license, into a dedicated Covid hospital, signed a memorandum of understanding and arranged for free testing of samples of 3,939 Covid patients at the lab of Nipsom, a government institution. A total of 1 crore 37 lakh 86 thousand 500 taka has been taken for sample testing in that hospital at 3 thousand 500 taka per patient.
Accused have been accused of raising the demand of 1 crore 96 lakh 20 thousand rupees as monthly food expenses of doctors, nurses, wardboys and other officers of Mirpur and Uttara branches of Regent Hospital and taking the initiative to send its draft to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
On June 12, 2022, the court ordered the trial of the discussed case to begin by framing charges against the defendants.