ACC seeks Shahed’s documents from health department and Bangladesh Bank

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has sought documents from Health Department and Bangladesh Bank about Md Shahed alias Shahed Karim, the owner of Regent Hospital and chairman of Regent Group, to investigate into the allegations against him of amassing money illegally.

ACC enquiry team sent the letters to Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) seeking documents on Tuesday.

ACC Director and spokesperson Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the matter.

Meanwhile, the national anti-graft body is set to form a panel today (Tuesday) to probe corruption of JKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury over embezzling over Tk 8 crore providing fake coronavirus certificates.

Dr Sabrina was placed on a three-day remand on Monday in a case filed over deceiving people by giving false coronavirus test reports.

Early on Monday, ACC formed a three-member committee headed by its Deputy Director Abu Bakar Siddiqui to make the inquiry.

There are allegations against Shahed that he amassed huge amount of money through microcredit business, multi-level marketing (MLM), forgery, dodging tax and taking bank loans with forged documents.

On July 7, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) filed a case against Shahed and 16 other staff of Regent Group and Regent hospitals after a mobile court found evidence of fake corona test certificates issued by the hospital.

The RAB mobile court found evidence of at least 6,000 fake Covid-19 test certificates during the raid.

A day later, RAB sealed off the head office of Regent Hospital with directives from DGHS and a case was filed against 17 people, including Regent Group Chairman Shahed, with the Uttara West police station.

On the same day, DGHS ordered the closure of both the Mirpur and Uttara branches of the Regent Hospital.

Meanwhile, Shahed is currently on the run and has been banned from leaving the country. Law enforcement agencies are on the hunt to arrest him.