Regent chairman, 16 others sued for faking COVID-19 certificates

Staff Correspondent | Published: 09:38, Jul 08,2020 | Updated: 13:40, Jul 08,2020


A collected photo of Regent group chairman Md. Shahed

Rapid Action Battalion on Tuesday night filed a case against 17 officials and staff members of Regent Hospital, including its chairman Md. Shahed, for allegedly faking several thousand COVID-19 certificates and charging people fees for free tests.

RAB-1 inspector Foysal filed the case with the Uttara West police station, where Regent group managing director Masud was also made an accused, said the police station officer-in-charge Tapon Chandra Saha.

So far RAB arrested eight officials and member staff of the hospital in two days.

Earlier, on Monday, RAB conducted raids at the Uttara and Mirpur branches of the Regent Hospital in Dhaka and found that it forged over 6,000 COVID-19 certificates and embezzled over Tk 3 crore in the name of providing COVID-19 testing facilities and treatments.

A mobile court, led by executive magistrate Sarwoer Alam, on Tuesday raided at the Regent Group head office and seized some fake certificates, many unauthorised rapid testing kits and an unregistered jeep.

Sarwoer told reporters in a briefing that certificates were forged at the main office at Uttara sector-12 and then sold to different people at a price of Tk 3,500.

Most of the fake certificates showed negative results, said an officer of RAB.

The Regent Group main office and Uttara Branch of the hospital have been sealed off, police said.


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