Covid-19 certificate scam: Shahed put on 28-day remand
July 26, 2020, 04:49 PM
by UNB NEWS
Publish- July 26, 2020, 04:49 PM
Regent Group Chairman Md Shahed alias Shahed Karim has been placed on a 28-day remand in four cases – seven days in each case – filed at Uttara west and Uttara east police stations for issuing fake Covid-19 certificates.
Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Chowdhury passed the orders after four separate investigation officers (IO) produced him before the court today with a 40-day –10 days in each case- remand prayer.
During the remand hearing Shahed denied all wrongdoings and offered paying back to those who had filed the cases.
Shahed said he was sick and could not endure the pressure anymore, requesting to set a date for remand hearing after Eid.
Meanwhile, the state counsels opposed his statement saying that the accused embezzled money from the patients in the pretext of coronavirus test.
The counsels described the Regent Group chairman as a “great fraud” who claimed to be a coronavirus patient in court on July 16 although he was not ill.
Besides, Regent Group's Managing Director Masud Parvez was placed on a 21-day remand in three cases filed at the police stations.
Shahed was also shown arrested in two arms cases filed at Uttara Paschim Police Station.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Morshed Al Mamun Bhuiyan passed the order after two IOs submitted separate petitions for showing him arrested in the cases.
Meanwhile, A Satkhira court placed Shahed on a 10-day remand in an arms case filed at Debhata Police Station.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Rajib Kumar Roy passed the order during a virtual hearing after investigation officer Sub-Inspector Rezaul Karim of Rab-6 produced him before the court seeking 10-day remand.
Earlier on July 16, the Dhaka court granted the law enforcers 10 days to interrogate Shahed and Masud.
Shahed was arrested from Satkhira when he was allegedly trying to leave the country while Managing Director Masud Pavez was arrested from Gazipur on July 14.
A case was filed against him on July 14 on charge of embezzling more than Tk 91 lakh from a transport exporter in Chattogram.
The Regent Group head office and both the hospitals were later sealed off and 16 people, including the chairman, were sued on charge of issuing fake coronavirus test reports.