JKG Test Scam

Charge sheet filed against Sabrina, Arif

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:32, Aug 05,2020 | Updated: 00:49, Aug 06,2020


Sabrina Arif Chowhury, left, and Arif Chowdhury.

The Detective Branch on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against JKG Health Care chairman Sabrina Arif Chowdhury, her husband and JKG’s chief executive officer Ariful Haque Chowdhury and six others in a case filed over falsifying coronavirus test reports.

Investigation officer and DB inspector Liakat Ali filed the charge sheet with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Dhaka.

The other accused are Arif’s sister Jebunnesa Rima, JKG executive officer Shafiqul Islam Romeo, coordinator Sayeed Chowdhury, former graphic designer Humayun Kabir Himu, his wife Tanzina Patwary and Biplob Das

Inspector Liakat Ali in the charge sheet said that Sabrina and Arif were the prime accused.

All the accused are in custody.

Investigators on Wednesday said that JKG had falsified at least 1,985 COVID-19 certificates and those were issued through a fake email account of the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research.

DMP deputy commissioner for Detective Branch (Tejgaon) Golam Mostofa Rasel said that JKG was assigned by the Directorate General of Health Services to collect swabs for coronavirus testing.

However, the organisation sent some samples to the designated laboratories and in rest of the cases, JKG issued fake certificates, said the DB officer.

In the charge sheet, the Inspector Liakat said that the charges brought against the eight people were primarily proved.

On June 23, Kamal Hossain, who was given a fake COVID‑19 report from JKG Health Care, filed the case against and several unnamed people with the Tejgaon Police Station.

Police on the same day arrested Humayun, Tanzina and Arif.

During investigation, detectives have found involvement of some health ministry and DGHS employees in the scam.

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