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NID fraud: EC files case against JKG Chairman Dr Sabrina

  • Published at 10:01 am August 31st, 2020
JKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury
File photo: Police take JKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury to the court on Monday, July 13, 2020 Md Sanaul Islam Tipu/Dhaka Tribune

Anyone possessing multiple NIDs is liable to imprisonment for one year or a fine of Tk20,000, or both

The Election Commission (EC) has filed a case against JKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury for possessing two national identity cards and being a dual voter.

Md Momin Miah, the thana election officer of Gulshan, filed the case against Sabrina with Badda Police Station, Badda police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Parvez told Dhaka Tribune on Monday.

The accused got her first NID as a resident of Mohammadpur in 2009; she got her second NID as a Badda resident by falsifying information, the OC said.

Election Officer Momin Mia said Sabrina has committed a crime by becoming a dual voter and possessing multiple NIDs, and legal action should be taken against her.

According to the case statement, Sabrina applied to the project office of NID Wing in Agargaon on January 7, 2016, to become a voter, and gave her fingerprints and biometric information. The Gulshan election office was then asked to verify her information. Sabrina went to the election office on April 27 that year with the necessary documents.

After scrutinizing the documents, the then election officer in the investigation report recommended that she could be made a voter, and she subsequently became a voter that year.

On August 25, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) found the two NID cards of Dr Sabrina. The national anti-graft watchdog then sent a letter to the EC asking how Sabrina had two active NIDs.

The case against her has been filed under sections 14 and 15 of the National Identity Registration Act, 2010. Anyone who becomes a voter by providing false information is liable to imprisonment for one year or a fine of Tk20,000, or both. This punishment also applies for possessing two NIDs.

Discrepancies between two NIDs

According to the case file, Dr Sabrina currently has two national identity cards in circulation. The name ‘Sabrina Sharmin Hossain’ has been used on both the cards, however, the Bangla spellings of the names are different.

Her father’s name is the same on both cards. But on one NID, her mother’s name is Kishore Jasmine, while on the other one, her mother’s name is Jasmine Hussain.

The name of her husband on two ID cards is also different — RH Haque on one, and Ariful Chowdhury on another.

Her birth year is different on the two NIDs — 1978 and 1983.

On one NID, her permanent and current address is Mohammadpur Pisciculture Housing, while it is Badda, Pragati Sarani on the other. 

On one card, she is a doctor, while she is a government official on the other one. 

However, the signatures on both NIDs are the same.

NID Wing Director General Brig Gen Saidul Islam said the two NIDs of Sabrina have already been blocked.

“A five-member probe committee has been formed to find out the people responsible for issuing her two NIDs. The committee will submit its report soon,” he added. 

On July 12, police arrested JKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury on suspicion of her involvement in the recently discovered Covid-19 test scam in Dhaka.

The same day, the Health Ministry suspended Dr Sabrina from the post of registrar at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases. She was suspended for breaching service rules by serving as the chairman of a private organization without prior permission.

Dr Sabrina is currently in jail.

On June 15, a man named Kamal Hossain filed a case against JKG Health Care with Tejgaon police station on the charge of issuing fake Covid-19 test reports.

Following that, the law enforcement agency raided the establishment and sealed it off on June 23.

On August 5, the detective branch of police submitted a charge sheet against the eight accused in the scam case to Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court.

According to the charge sheet, police mentioned Sabrina and Arif as the masterminds while their associates helped them to commit fraud and forgery.

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