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FMCH curtain scam: 3 doctors sent to jail

  • Published at 11:25 pm January 12th, 2020
File photo of a prison cell Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The accused were on interim bail for the last 6 months

A Faridpur court has sent three doctors to jail in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Bangladesh regarding the infamous curtain scam at Faridpur Medical College and Hospital (FMCH).

The three accused doctors appealed for bail to the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Kamrunnahar Begum after their six weeksof interim bail ended on Monday.

The court refused the bail pleas and sent them to jail.

Tk10 crore was embezzled from government allotment showing purchase of curtains and medical equipment.

The three doctors are FMCH Associate Professor of DentistryDrGonopotiBishshawashShuvo, former Junior Consultant of Gynecology department DrMinakkhi Chakma, and former pathologist Dr AHM Nurul Islam.

Dulal Chandra Sarker, public prosecutor (PP) of the court confirmed the matter.

He said: "A High Court bench granted 6 weeks of interim bail to the three on December 2 and ordered them be present before the Faridpur Additional District and Sessions Judge’s Court after the end of their bail duration.”

On November 27, 2019, Mamunur Rashid, ACC assistant director,filed a case against three doctors, two brokers and an administrative officer at theFaridpur Senior Special Judge’s Court in connection with embezzlement of Tk10 crore during the purchase of curtains and instruments for FMCH.

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, 2019, the High Court (HC) had directed ACC to investigate the alleged corruption in FMCH and submit a report within six months.