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Regent Hospital Uttara Branch MD confesses to Covid-19 scam

  • Published at 07:51 pm August 5th, 2020
Regent Hospital
A branch of Regent Hospital Ltd in Dhaka Collected

After the statement was recorded, the court sent Mizanur to jail

Regent Hospital's Uttara branch Managing Director (MD) Mizanur Rahman has made a confessional statement in a case filed over issuing fake Covid-19 reports to workers of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project, commonly known as metro rail project.

Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah recorded the statement on Wednesday, after Sub-Inspector (SI) Yadur Rahman of Uttara West police station, the investigation officer of the case, produced Mizanur in court with a plea to record his confessional statement in the case.

After the statement was recorded, the court sent Mizanur to jail.

Earlier on July 24, Mizanur was arrested in Gopalganj in connection with the case.

He went into hiding when the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided the hospital on July 6.

On July 25, a day after his arrest, he was placed on a 10-day remand by Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Moinul Islam.

SI Md Jalal Uddin, general recording officer at the Dhaka CMM Court, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.  

According to the case statement, 76 labourers of the metro rail project were given fake Covid-19 test reports from the hospital. 

Without even conducting tests on them, three of the workers were given Covid-19 positive reports while the rest were provided with negative reports from the hospital. 

Despite being a Covid-19 dedicated hospital, the authorities of the health facility took Tk3,500 from each of the workers for a coronavirus test.

Rezaul Karim, a sub-contractor of the metro rail project, filed a case against 17 people, including Regent Group owner Shahed and the Managing Director of Regent Hospital (Uttara branch) Mizanur Rahman with Uttara West police station over the issuing of fake Covid-19 certificates.

On July 6, RAB raided the branches of the hospital on complaints that the hospital was issuing fake Covid-19 certificates as well as charging exorbitant fees for Covid-19 testing and treatment of patients. 

It also found evidence of at least 6,000 fake Covid-19 test certificates during the raid.

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