Regent hospital owner Md Shahed was not arrested until Friday four days after he and 16 others were accused in a case for reportedly falsifying COVID-19 test reports and for charging test seekers.
Police, however, said that they were expecting that he would be arrested shortly.
Rapid Action Battalion said it was keeping an eye out for him as he would probably communicate with his family as his father died of coronavirus on Thursday night.
Shahed’s father Serajul Islam died while undergoing treatment at Universal Medical College Hospital in Dhaka.
The hospital’s managing director, Ashish Kumar, said that Shahed admitted his father in the hospital on July 4 where he was tested positive for COVID-19.
‘I asked Shahed to take his father to his own hospital, as it was dedicated to treat COVID-19 patients; but he said that his hospital did not have the required service,’ Ashish said.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka metropolitan magistrate court on Friday allowed police to interrogate Shahed’s aide and Regent Group officer Tariqul Islam for five days after his arrest on Thursday morning.
Uttara West Police inspector Alamgir Gazi placed him before the court with a prayer to quiz him for seven days.
Metropolitan magistrate Sadbir Yeasir Ahsan Chowdhury granted five day to police.
Seven people have already been arrested and taken to police custody for interrogation for five days.
RAB media wing director Ashik Billah told New Age that they were trying to arrest the fugitive Regent Hospital chairman, but he was in hideout.
He said that RAB intelligence had a close look on Shahed’s wife Sadia Arabi Rimmy and other family members expecting that he might communicate with them as his father had died. He, however, did not communicate.
Shahed used to introduce himself as a member of Awami League’s sub-committee on foreign affairs.
But his name was not there, party leaders confirmed.
He had been maintaining good relations with many politicians and media personalities. He used to share images with ruling party leaders on social media and take advantage of different quarters showing his rapport with politicians, said RAB officials.
Sarwar said that Shahed was earlier arrested in 2009 for financial fraudulence and was in jail for two years.
His rise began after getting released in 2011 when he started multi-level marketing business and siphoned of crores of takas.
Shahed has at least 32 cases against him, said the officer.
Home Ministry in a letter on n September 27, 2016 asked RAB to take actions against him for impersonating an army officer, he said.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal at his Dhanmondi house on Friday morning told reporters that Shahed phoned him on the day of the operation, but he did not pay much attention.
Shahed’s wife Sadia Arabi said that he called her on the day. At that time he told her that he had some problem and would not return home.
When she asked about whereabouts, he replied, ‘I am fine, I am safe.’
In 2008, Sadia moved to her mother’s house when Shahed’s multi-level marketing scam was unravelled.
However, she returned to the family after some days, Sadia said.
She also confirmed that Shahed was never in the army.
Earlier on Monday, the RAB conducted raids on Uttara and Mirpur branches of 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.
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