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Shahed back in remand after brief stint in hospital

  • Published at 10:37 am August 18th, 2020
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File photo: Police escort Shahed Karim at a court premises in Dhaka on Sunday, July 26, 2020 Focus Bangla

The Regent Group chairman had claimed to be ill on his first day in remand, prompting authorities to take him to a hospital for treatment

Regent Group Chairman Shahed Karim has been brought back for interrogations after his brief stint in a hospital, where he was taken after he claimed to be ill on his first day in remand.

Shahed is currently serving a seven-day remand, facing interrogation over a case filed against him for embezzling money from Padma Bank as well as other corruption cases.

On Monday – his first day in remand – he interrupted interrogation complaining of chest pain, and demanded a transfer to a hospital on an emergency basis to receive treatment.

The ACC took him to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital for treatment on Tuesday morning.

After primary checkups, Shahed was discharged by the hospital. ACC immediately proceeded to bring him to its headquarters for further interrogation. Later he was taken  back to Ramna Model police station.

ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.

Also Read- Shahed placed on 28-day remand

Shahed is accused of embezzling government funds, evading income tax, embezzling crores of rupees in bank loans under fake names and identities, and gaining huge illicit wealth through fraud and deception.

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested him on July 15 on the bank of Labangaboti canal at a village in Satkhira’s Debhata upazila.

On July 6, RAB raided the Regent Hospital branches on allegations of issuing fake Covid-19 certificates, as well as charging exorbitant fees for Covid-19 testing and treatment of patients in violation with an agreement with the government’s health department.

RAB found evidence of at least 6,000 fake Covid-19 test certificates during the raids.

The next day, RAB filed a case against 17 people, including Shahed, with Uttara West police station. Later, ten other people were also arrested.

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