A Dhaka court on Thursday denied bail to JKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury, its CEO Ariful Chowdhury and six other people in a case filed over providing fake Covid-19 reports without carrying out any coronavirus test.
Metropolitan Magistrate Sorafuzzaman Ansari turned down their bail petitions around 11:30am.
The six other accused are Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, Humayun Kabir Himu, Tanjila Patowary, Biplob Das, Shafiqul Islam Romeo and Jebunnesa.
Dr Sabrina was produced before the court around 11am for the charge-framing hearing.
On August 5, the Detective Branch of police pressed charges against the eight in the case.
Dr Sabrina was arrested over coronavirus test report scam on July 12.
She was called to the Tejgaon deputy commissioner’s office of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) for questioning. After the primary grilling, he was arrested.
On the same day, she was dismissed from the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases by the Health Ministry.
Sabrina, a cardiac surgeon of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, went to the Tejgaon Division office of the DMP around 1 pm. Later police questioned her for around three hours about the JKG’s deceptive activities, but she could not give proper answers.
Earlier on June 24, police arrested her husband and JKG Health Care CEO Ariful Chaudhury and four others from the capital for allegedly providing fake coronavirus test reports without carrying out any test.
A case was also filed against them in this regard.
Dr Sabrina and her husband Ariful blamed each other during interrogation for their fraudulence in Covid-19 sample test reports.
Sources at the intelligence said the duo, however, confessed to their misdeeds in providing corona test certificates.