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FMCH curtain scam: ACC approves case against 6 accused

  • Published at 04:40 pm November 26th, 2019
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The case was approved following a decision taken at a regular meeting at the ACC headquarters

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved a case against six accused of embezzling Tk10 crore during the purchase of curtains and instruments for Faridpur Medical College Hospital (FMCH).

The case was approved following a decision taken at a regular meeting, held at the ACC headquarters on Tuesday in Dhaka.

The accused are Abdullah Al Mamun-proprietor of MS Anik Traders, Munshi Farukh Hossain-proprietor of MS Ahmed Enterprise, Munshi Sazzad Hossain (admin) National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital, Associate Professor (dental) Dr Gonopoti Bishshawash, former Junior Consultant Dr Minakkhi Chakma, and  former Pathologist Dr AHM Nurul Islam.

After investigating the matter, the commission approved the case against the accused FMCH official, confirmed ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

Earlier, the anti-graft body interrogated 13 doctors over the curtain scam

According to the ACC case file, FMCH authorities were accused of gross corruption in the procurement of medical machinery and materials, including buying a piece of curtain used as a bed screen for Tk37.50 lakh.

ACC sources also mentioned a Department of Human Services (DHS) report showing that the hospital authorities submitted a bill of Tk52.66 crore for buying several machines, whose actual cost was only Tk11 crore.

The report said the hospital authorities had shown the price of a bed screen used in the ICU as Tk37.50 lakh, an oxygen generating plant for Tk5.27 crore, a vacuum plant for Tk87.75 lakh, a Bispectral index (BIS) monitoring plant for Tk23.75 lakh, three digital blood pressure machines for Tk30.57 lakh, and a head cardiac stethoscope for Tk1.12 lakh.

On August 20, the High Court (HC) had directed ACC to investigate the alleged corruption in FMCH and submit a report within six months.