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JKG CEO Ariful, wife Sabrina and 6 others indicted in case over fake Covid-19 test report

  • Published at 11:16 am August 20th, 2020
CEO of JKG Healthcare Ariful Haque Chowdhury and his wife Sabrina Arif Chowdhury Collected

Court sets August 27 for hearing of the witnesses

A Dhaka court has opened a trial against eight people over fake Covid-19 test reports, including the CEO of JKG Healthcare Ariful Haque Chowdhury and his wife Sabrina Arif Chowdhury. The latter serves as the organisation’s chairman.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Sarafuzzaman Ansari framed the charges in the case on Thursday.

After the charges were framed, the court fixed August 27 for recording the depositions of witnesses in the case.

The prosecution read out the charges and asked the accused whether or not they were guilty. The accused declared themselves innocent and prayed for justice.

Earlier on August 5, the Detective Branch (DB) of police officially filed the charges against Dr Sabrina and seven others in the case.

Also Read - JKG Covid-19 scam: DB presses charges against Dr Sabrina, 7 others

Concluding the investigation into the allegations, DB Inspector Md Liakat Ali, who is the investigation officer of the case, submitted the 12-page charge sheet under Sections 179, 269, 420, 406, 466, 471 and 34 of the Penal Code, to Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s (CMM) Court.

The other seven accused are JKG Health Care CEO and Dr Sabrina’s husband Ariful Chowdhury, Abu Sayed Chowdhury, Humayun Kabir Himu and his wife Tanjina Patwary, Biplob Das, Shafiqul Islam Romeo and Jebunnessa.

All eight accused have been arrested and were present in court during the hearing of the charges.

The investigation officer mentioned in the charge sheet that Dr Sabrina and her husband Arif had been the masterminds behind the scam, while the rest of the accused had been their accomplices.

Thirty people have been named in the charge sheets as prosecution witnesses, including the complainant in the case, Sub-Inspector Md Farid Mia, as confirmed by the general recording officer (GRO) at Dhaka CMM Court.

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On June 23, a case was filed with Tejgaon police station against six people, including JKG CEO Ariful Chowdhury, for providing fake Covid-19 test reports.

Police arrested Ariful and five other former and current employees of the organization on the same day. Dr Sabrina was arrested on July 12 after police were informed of her alleged involvement.

Sabrina, who is also a cardiac surgeon, was suspended from the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) after allegations of irregularities against her surfaced. She and her husband Ariful were remanded twice.

Among the accused, JKG CEO Ariful and former JKG officials Humayun Kabir and his wife Tanzina Patwari have confessed to their crimes, DB said.

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