2020-07-12 17:04:40 BdST

Covid-19 test scamJKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina arrested after interrogation

JKG Health Care Chairman and also a registrar of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury was shown arrested after being interrogated under police custody over the allegation of providing thousands of fake and fictitious Covid-19 reports by dropping samples.

Confirming her arrest Tejgaon DC Harunur Rashid said that Sabrina has been interrogated at the DC office of Tejgaon police division on Sunday noon.

Earlier, Sabrina arrived at the Tejgaon Division office of Dhaka Metropolitan Police at around 1:00pm on Sunday after she was summoned by the police. Later, she was shown arrested.

“It was necessary to interrogate her for the investigation,” said Deputy Commissioner Harun Or Rashid. He did not provide any specific allegation against Sabrina.

Although she claims not to be the Chairman of the company, police say her arrested husband Ariful provided detailed information about her involvement in the nefarious act.

Sabrina has been introduced as the chairman of JKG in media reports which she denied saying she only provided them with suggestions over the COVID-19 tests.

"A large number of fabricated COVID-19 test reports, written on the official pads of the health directorate and the IEDCR, were found on the laptops of JKG Healthcare,” said Md Mahmud Khan, the assistant commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Tejgaon zone).

On June 4, she filed a general diary against her husband Ariful for torturing her, Sabrina said. They were on the verge of getting a divorce, she claimed.

Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury has been working as a chairman of JKG despite being a registrar of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD)

JKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury came to the spotlight as their company’s false corona report scam surfaced.

Jobeda Khatun General - JKG Health Care, a sister concern of Oval Group, came into discussion when police, on June 23, detained JKG Healthcare CEO Ariful Chowdhury and four others in the capital for their alleged involvement in providing Covid-19 test results without testing samples.

Later on June 24, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) revoked the permission that allowed JKG Health Care to collect Covid-19 samples, set up sample collection centres and provide training.

The DGHS in this regard issued a circular, signed by its Additional Director General Professor Dr Nasima Sultana.

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