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11 charged with medical procurement irregularities

  • Published at 12:00 am November 25th, 2021
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FIle Photo: Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court Dhaka Tribune

Mohammad Abu Bakr, deputy director of the ACC, filed the case with its Dhaka Coordinated Office-1 in 2019

A Dhaka court on Wednesday accepted charges against 11 people, including seven doctors and three contractors, for irregularities in the procurement of drugs for the Azimpur Maternal and Child Health Training Institute.

Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of the Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge's Court passed the order after taking cognisance of the charges and set January 10, 2022 for the charge-framing hearing in the case.

The accused include Proprietor of Monarch Establishment Fatenur Islam, Owner of Nafisa Business Corner Sheikh Idris Uddin (Chanchal), Proprietor of  Santana Traders Nizamur Rahman Chowdhury, former supervisor of Maternal and Child Health Training Institute of Azimpur, Dhaka and President of Tender Evaluation Committee Dr Israt Jahan.

The other accused are former principal and family welfare inspector of the Training Institute and member of the tender evaluation committee Dr Parveen Haque Chowdhury, former junior consultant (Os / Gynaecology) of the Training Institute and member of the tender evaluation committee Dr Mahfuza Khatun, former assistant co-ordinator (Training and Research) and member of the tender evaluation committee Dr Chinmoy Kanti Das, former medical officer of Dhaka District Civil Surgeon's Office and member of the tender evaluation committee (now  Deputy Director of Department of Health) Dr Saiful Islam, Medical Officer (Children) of the Training Institute, member of market price verification committee and member secretary of the tender evaluation committee Dr Begum Mahfuza Dilara Akhter, Medical Officer of the Institute and  President of the market price verification committee Dr Nazrina Begum, and former administrative officer of the Training Institute and member of the market price verification committee Zahirul Islam (currently working as assistant upazila family planning officer in  Noakhali Sadar).

On September 14, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) approved the charge sheet against the accused.

Anti-Corruption Commission Deputy Director Mohammad Abu Bakar Siddique, who is also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Dhaka Senior Special Judge's Court on September 21.

Mohammad Abu Bakr, deputy director of the ACC, filed the case with its Dhaka Coordinated Office-1 in 2019.

According to the case statement, the ACC investigated allegations of corruption in various purchases for the Maternal and Child Health Training Institute in Azimpur from FY2014-15 till FY2016-17.

In the 2014-15 financial year, as per a work order, a bill of Tk32,91,720 was paid to the contractor for the supply of medicines.

However, the maximum price of the drug shipment is Tk16,45,298, according to retail prices and the price set by the Department of Drug Administration.

Money has been embezzled through the same process of overpaying in four financial years, according to the charges.

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