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JKG Chairman Dr. Sabrina held over fake Covid certificates

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Health Desk-13 July, 2020: Police  on Sunday arrested JKG Health Care Chairman Dr. Sabrina Arif Chowdhury, also a government official, over issuing fake Covid-19 test reports, about three weeks after the scam came to light.

Meanwhile, the health ministry suspended Sabrina from the post of registrar at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases for violating rules.

Sheikh Muzibur Rahman, additional secretary of the Health Services Division, confirmed this to media.

According to the ministry's order, she was suspended for professional misconduct -- holding the post of chairman of a private organisation while in public service -- and also corruption allegations.

As asked by the investigators, Sabrina went to the office of the deputy commissioner of DMP's Tejgaon Division around 1:00pm on Sunday.

"During the three-hour questioning, she could not give any satisfactory answers. We showed her arrested in the fraudulence case," Harun-Ur-Rashid, the DMP deputy commissioner, told journalists at his office on the same day.

Earlier on June 24, police had arrested her husband and JKG Chief Executive Officer Ariful Chowdhury and four others for their alleged involvement in issuing fake Covid test reports.

The four are -- Humayun Kabir and his wife Tanzina Patwary, Sayeed Chowdhury and Al Mamun.

Humayun and Tanzina are former employees of JKG Health Care while Sayeed and Al Mamun still work there.

Md Mahmud Khan, assistant commissioner of DMP's Tejgaon Zone, said Humayun, a graphic designer, prepared fake Covid test reports by duplicating official pads of the DGHS and the IEDCR.

"We have found fake IEDCR pads on JKG Health Care's laptops," said the police official.

If the coronavirus patient was a local, he or she would have to pay Tk 5,000 for a fake report. For a foreign national, the charge was $100, Mahmud said.

Four cases have already been filed against JKG Health Care on various charges including fraudulence.

Earlier on Saturday, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) cancelled the permission for JKG Health Care to collect samples over allegations of irregularities and corruption.