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Seven Regent Group staff sent to jail

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Staff Reporter :
A Dhaka court on Tuesday rejected bail petitions of seven officials and employees of Regent Group, and sent them to jail in a case filed on charge of issuing fake Covid-19 certificates and illegally charging patients for testing of samples and treatment.
The accused are: Regent Group Project Officer Rakibul Islam Sumon (39), its Human Resources Officer Amit Banik (39), Health Technologists Ahsan Habib Hasan (49) and Hatim Ali (25), Administrative Officer Ahsan Habib (45), employee Abdur Rashid Khan Jewel (28) and Driver Abdus Salam (25).
Judge of the Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka, Debdash Chandra Adhikary, passed the order after holding hearing on their bail petitions.
Earlier on the day, inspector Md Alamgir Gazi, of Uttara West Police Station and Investigation Officer of the case produced them in the court on expiry of their five-day remand.
In the forwarding report, the IO said the seven accused gave important information over the issuing of fake Covid-19 certificates and charging patients, which are currently being verified. He appealed to the court to confine them in jail until his investigation is completed, the IO added in the forwarding report.
Besides, seventeen-year-old Kamrul Islam, a receptionist of the group, was sent to Tongi Juvenile Correction Centre on July 8 in this connection.
Another accused Regent Group Public Relations Officer (PRO) Tariqul Islam alias Tareq Shibli, who was arrested from East Nakhalpara earlier, is now on a five-day remand.
The Regent Group chairman, managing director and six other accused are on the run while Rapid Action Battalion arrested eight staff from Uttara branch of the hospital on July 6.
Earlier on July 7, Inspector Zulhas Mia of RAB-1 filed the case with Uttara West Police Station against Regent Group Chairman Md Shahed, its MD Masud Parvez and 15 others.
Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam, who led the drive, said the hospital authorities issued more than 10,000 Covid-19 test results. Around 4,200 samples were tested at different government labs, but they threw away the rest of the samples, prepared fake reports and handed those to people.

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