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Health Sector Scam: DGHS employees deny graft allegations

They made the claims after appearing at the anti-graft body's headquarters in Dhaka on Tuesday

Update : 13 Oct 2020, 11:21 PM

The employees of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), who were recently summoned by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), have denied the graft allegations brought against them. 

They made the claims after appearing at the anti-graft body's headquarters in Dhaka on Tuesday.

DGHS Assistant Programmer (management information system) Md Ruhul Amin, Chief Assistant Jahangir Hossain Hawlader and personal assistants Shahjahan Fakir and Abu Sohel appeared before the ACC today.

Speaking to the media after the ACC interrogation, DGHS Chief Assistant Jahangir Hossain Hawlader said: “I do not have a lot of wealth. I am also not aware of how much wealth the other DGHS officials possess. I have informed the ACC about everything."

However, the other DGHS employees who were quizzed by the commission did not speak to the media. 

On October 8, the ACC summoned 12 officials of the DGHS to interrogate them about the illegal wealth they had allegedly amassed.

ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam asked the DGHS employees to appear at the ACC head office on October 13, 14 and 15.

The summoned DGHS officials were asked to bring their passports, national identity cards and copies of their and their wives’ income tax returns on the days of their appearance before the anti-graft watchdog.

Assistant (community clinic wing) Anwar Hossain, Office Assistant Md Hanif and upper division assistants Md Shahnewaz and Shariful Islam were summoned to appear on October 14.

Assistant Programmer (management information system) Md Ruhul Amin, Chief Assistant Jahangir Hossain Hawlader and personal assistants Shahjahan Fakir and Abu Sohel were asked to appear on October 13.

Three other office assistants, namely, Masud Karim, Md Alauddin and Iqbal Hossain, and storekeeper Shafayet Hossain Foyez were asked to appear on October 15.

ACC Secretary Muhammad Dilwar Bakht told reporters: “We formed a probe team in 2019 after receiving information that a group of DGHS officials were involved in corruption and irregularities in the health sector.”

The ACC is currently investigating allegations of wealth being illegally amassed by 45 officials working in various offices under the DGHS.

The commission has so far filed cases against 12 out of these 45 people, according to ACC officials.

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