Detained Regent Group Chairman Shahed Karim alias Mohammad Shahed on Thursday told a court that he has been infected with coronavirus.
He made the claim during the hearing on a remand petition at the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jasim.
The Detective Branch of police produced him before the court seeking a 10-day remand in a case filed over the issuance of fake coronavirus certificates from Regent Hospital.
At one stage of hearing, Shahed told the judge that he wanted say something and then started to cry.
“I’ve been infected with coronavirus for the last one and half months. My father has died of coronavirus,” he said.
The fraudster also said he has deposited money for the renewal of the licence of his hospital. “Even after then, all of my institutions have been sealed off.”
Later, the court placed Shahed and Regent Group Managing Director Masud Parvez on a 10-day remand each in a case filed over the issuance of fake coronavirus certificates from Regent Hospital.
Besides, Shahed’s close associate Tariqul Islam alias Tareque Shibli was put on a seven-day remand in the case.
Shahed was taken to the court from the Mintoo Road DB office in the morning.
Earlier, Shahed was arrested from a boat at Lobangapati near Sakor Bazar of Debhata border in Satkhira district early Wednesday while trying to flee to India.
An illegal firearm was also recovered from him.
Later, he was taken to the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) headquarters in the capital by a helicopter.
Rab members conducted a drive at the Uattara residence of Shahed Karim and recovered huge counterfeit currencies.
Shahed who was accused in a total of 59 cases was trying to flee to India with the help of a local smuggler.
On Tuesday, the elite force arrested managing director of the Regent Hospital Masud Parvez from Gazipur district.
Rab men arrested Tareque from the city’s Nakhalpara on July 9.
The elite conducted separate drives at the Uttara and Mirpur branches of Regent Hospital and arrested eight people on charge of issuing fake coronavirus test reports in addition to charging the admitted Covid-19 patients exorbitant fees.
In further development, the head office of Regent Group along with the both hospitals was sealed off and 16 people, including the chairman, were sued on charge of issuing fake coronavirus test reports.