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Former Health DG secures bail in graft case

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Former Director General (DG) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Abul Kalam Azad granted bail in a graft case on Thursday morning.

He surrendered before the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayesh today seeking bail.

After hearing on the bail petition, the court passed the bail order.

The Judge said the bail order will remain valid until November 2.

Abul Kalam Azad went to the same court on October 5 seeking bail but failed to get bail as the hearing was not held.

On September 30, the case investigation officer ACC’s deputy director Farid Ahmed Patwari submitted the chargesheet against six persons, including the former DG.

Deputy Director of the anti-graft commission Farid Ahmed Patwary lodged the complaint against five people at Dhaka Coordinated Office-1 in September last year for embezzling Tk 1.37 crore by issuing fake Covid certificates from Regent Hospital.

The five others accused in the case are Regent Group Chairman Shaheduzzan, former DGHS Director Aminul Hasan, Deputy Director Yunus Ali, Assistant Director Shafiur Rahman, and Research Officer Didarul Islam.

Last year, numerous cases of mismanagement and irregularities in the health sector got exposed when physicians of some government hospitals, including Mugda General Hospital, complained of receiving low-quality masks and protective equipment.

The issuance of fake Covid-19 certificates by some hospitals triggered huge criticism at home and abroad. In fact, the scan came to light during a drive at Regent Hospital on July 6.

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion arrested Regent chairman Mohammad Shahed from the Komorpur border area in Debhata upazila of Satkhira district on July 15 on charges of issuing fake Covid certificates.

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