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DGHS driver arms case: Court concludes prosecution witness depositions

  • Published at 09:40 pm September 5th, 2021
Abdul Malek - DGHS driver
File photo of Abdul Malek Courtesy

The accused was arrested in September last year

A Dhaka court on Sunday concluded recording the depositions of prosecution witnesses in a case filed against Abdul Malek, a driver of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), for his alleged involvement in dealing illegal firearms and ammunition.

Judge KM Imrul Kayesh of the Dhaka Special Tribunal-1 recorded the statement of the last witness in the case, Azizul Islam, a constable of the Rapid Action Battalion.

After recording the depositions, the tribunal adjourned trial proceedings till Monday for Malek's defence statement.

A total of 13 prosecution witnesses have testified in the case.

“We hope that the trial proceedings will be completed soon and the verdict is likely to be delivered in September,” said Additional Public Prosecutor Tapash Kumar Paul.

On March 11, the tribunal framed the charges against Malek after rejecting the discharge petition filed by his defence counsel.

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On January 10, Turag police station Sub-Inspector Rubel Sheikh, investigating officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet against the accused to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Dhaka, citing 11 people as prosecution witnesses.

On February 14, Judge Emrul Kayesh accepted the charge sheet in the presence of the accused.

RAB arrested Malek in Dhaka's Kamarpara area o September 20 last year for his alleged involvement in various criminal activities. 

They recovered a foreign-made pistol, a magazine, five bullets, Tk1.50 lakh in counterfeit notes, a laptop, and a mobile phone from his possession.

Later, the elite police unit filed a case against Malek under the Firearms Act with Turag police station.

With an educational qualification of class eight, Malek first joined the Savar Health Project as a driver in 1982. In 1986, he started working as a driver at the transport pool of DGHS.

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A RAB official said there are two seven-storey buildings in the name of Malek's first wife Nargis Akter in South Kamarpara. He has also a 10 to 12 katha plot adjacent to the buildings.

There is a dairy firm on a 15 katha plot at South Kamarpara in the name of his eldest daughter. 

Besides, Malek has also an under-construction 10-storey building on four katha of land in Hatirpool area.

He also has a huge amount of money deposited in different banks, the official added.

In remand, Malek disclosed the names of some other government employees who are involved in corruption.

According to sources, Malek had an “intimate” relationship with two former directors general of the DGHS and Medical Education and Family Welfare Division as he used to drive their government-issued vehicles.

Many used to refer to Malek as the “Shadow DG” and because of his very close ties with a former DG of the DGHS, people in the health sector knew him as his “foster son.”