Fake Covid-19 certificates: Charges pressed against Sabrina, 7 others of JKG

Staff Correspondent: Detectives today pressed charges against eight people, including JKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury, in a case filed over issuing fake Covid-19 certificates.

The other accused are: Sabrina’s husband JKG Chief Executive Officer Ariful Chowdhury, Executive Officer Shafiqul Islam, graphic designer Humayun Kabir Himu and four other employees – Himu’s wife Tanzina Patwary, Jebunnesa Rima, Sayeed Chowdhury and Biplob Das.

The IO dropped the name of Mamunur Rashid as his involvement with the incident was not proved.

Of the accused, Shafiqul, Humayun and Tanzina gave confessional statements before magistrates on different dates narrating their involvement in issuing fake Covid-19 certificates.

Md Liakot Ali, an inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of police and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court of Dhaka.

In the charge sheet, the IO said the charges brought against them of issuing fake Covid-19 certificates were primarily proven and they should be brought under trial for their alleged involvement with the incident.

On June 23, Kamal Hossain, who was given a fake Covid-19 certificate from JKG Health Care, filed the case against Humayun, his wife Tanzina and several unknown people with Tejgaon Police Station in this regard.

Police later arrested the couple the same day and they confessed to their involvement in issuing fake Covid-19 certificates.

Following their confessional statements, police arrested seven others including Dr Sabrina and her husband on different dates.

Another accused Shafiqul Islam gave a confessional statement before a Dhaka magistrate.

Women Bangladesh/BH