October 24, 2020, 4:22 am

Abu Taher Bappa

2020-07-26 17:07:09 BdST

Regent Group chief Shahed placed on 28-day fresh remand

Police have been granted 28 more days to grill Regent Hospital Chairman Mohammad Shahed in four cases carrying charges of fraud and embezzlement.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Choudhury issued the remand order on Sunday after rejecting Shahed's bail plea.

Shahed was produced before the court at the end of a 10-day remand in a case over a Covid-19 test scam involving Regent Hospital.

The detective police subsequently sought permission to interrogate him for 10 days in each of the cases. But the court later placed him on a 7-day remand in each.

Moreover, Regent Group's Managing Director Masud Parvez was placed on a 21-day remand in three cases filed with Uttar Paschim and Purba police stations.

Shahed was also shown arrested in two arms cases filed with Uttara Paschim Police Station.

The magistrate passed the order after two IO submitted two separate petitions for showing him arrested in the cases.

Shahed and Masud were produced before the court on completion of their 10-day remand in a case filed over issuing fake Covid-19 results and charging the patients for tests and treatment.

Shahed recently came under spotlight after allegations of his involvement in providing fake Covid-19 certificates and embezzling money from patients surfaced.

RAB raided the Regent Hospital on July 6, and later on filed a case against Shahed and a few others for scamming patients, running the hospital without appropriate licence, and providing fake Covid-19 health certificates.

Shahed was arrested by RAB on the morning of July 15, from the border area of Satkhira district in southwest Bangladesh. They handed him over to the Detective Branch of police on the same day.

The arrest came two days after a Dhaka court issued arrest warrants for him in two fraud cases filed over misappropriation of Tk 3.68 crore.

In the early hours of July 8, Inspector Zulhas Mia of Rab-1 filed the case with Uttara Paschim Police Station against Md Shahed, Masud Parvez and 15 others.

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