JKG Health Care’s chairman Dr Sabrina, has finally been arrested over coronavirus test report scam.
She was called to the Tejgaon DC office of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) of the police for questioning on Sunday.
After the primary grilling, Sabrina was arrested.
“She’s called for interrogation. We showed her arrested in case filed earlier over the corona test deception as she could not give satisfactory answers to our questions," Harun-Ur-Rashid, DMP’s deputy commissioner (DC) of Tejgaon Division.
He said they will produce Sabrina before a Dhaka court on Monday seeking permission to interrogate her in remand.
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.
Talking to Somoy News before her arrest, Dr Sabrina claimed that she is no longer the wife of detained Arif Chowdhury.
Earlier, she also denied being the chairman of JKG which provided thousands of fake Covid-19 reports without conducting any test of the collected samples.
"JKG CEO Arif Chowdhury is no longer my husband. We fell apart. I sent him a divorce letter. Two more months are left (for the divorce to take effect),” she said.
Asked as to why she used to go to JKG office or work for it when she divorced its CEO Arif, Sabrina said, “I used to go there just to train the health workers of the health centre.
Meanwhile, police summoned her to the Tejgaon DC office today for interrogation about the JKG scam.
Earlier on Saturday, Sabrina claimed that she had earlier informed the Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) about the fraudulence.
Although she claims not to be the chairman of the company, police say her arrested husband Ariful provided detailed information about her involvement in the nefarious act.
JKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina Arif Chowdhury came to the spotlight as their company’s false corona report scam surfaced.
The CEO of the organisation and Sabrina’s husband Arif Chowdhury and six others were sent to jail on deception charges. But Sabrina still remains out of touch.
She was finally caught on the camera of Somoy News. Sabrina claimed her innocence and said she was not the chairman of the JKG.
She said there is no question to be JKG chairman. “Rather it’s a sister concern of the Oval Company. The Oval Group is a privately-owned company and Arifur Rahman is its owner.”
Sabrina used to take part directly in the activities of JKG which cheated people in the name of collecting corona samples and tests those for about three months. At that time, she also gave interviews to various media by introducing herself as the JKG chairman.
Sabrina also denied that she did not help Arif manage different contracts and jobs. “It’s a complete lie. Now let the allegations be proved,” she said.
Police officials said Sabrina has no way of avoiding responsibility for JKG's deception as her husband Arif Chowdhury has admitted her active involvement with the organisation during interrogation.
Meanwhile, Sabrina said she had informed DGHS DG Abul Kalam Azad about JKG's scam.
"I informed the DG and ADG about this," she claimed.
Somoy News could not reach Abul Kalm over phone for his comment over the matter despite repeated attempts.