We’ve taken Shahed issue very seriously: Home minister

Regent Group chairman Md Shahed alias Shahed Karim was arrested by the elite force on 15 July.
Regent Group chairman Md Shahed alias Shahed Karim was arrested by the elite force on 15 July. Photo courtesy: RAB

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said charge will be framed soon against Regent Group chairman Mohammad Shahed Karim, arrested over issuing of fake coronavirus test reports and extracting exorbitant fees in the name of treatment, reports news agency BSS.

“Shahed, who was arrested for cheating people, will be charge-sheeted very soon… Besides all cases against him and his accomplices are being investigated,” he told newsmen after a cheque distribution programme among journalists’ at the Press Institute of Bangladesh in the capital.

Replying to a query of a newsman, he said, Shahed has committed a serious crime in the name of coronavirus tests. He tarnished the country’s image and for this, he has been arrested. All the networks of his deception have been cut off

“Police are doing what they have to do. He got bails in several cases. But we will now look into all the cases filed against him. He must face punishment. No criminals will be spared any way,” the minister said.

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Replying to a query of a newsman, he said, Shahed has committed a serious crime in the name of coronavirus tests. He tarnished the country’s image and for this, he has been arrested. All the networks of his deception have been cut off.

“We have taken Shahed’s issue very seriously,” he added.

Referring to prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s relentless efforts to establish rule of law in the country, Kamal said the enforcement agencies are working to find out the other people involved and remained behind the scene as well.

About the prime minister’s support to the helpless people soon after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which has wreaked havoc on the lives and livelihood, the home minister said, the daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman stood by the needy people.

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Managing mirector of Bangladesh Journalists Welfare Trust Zafor Wajed presided over the programme.

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) president Mollah Jalal, secretary general Shaban Mahmud, Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) president Quddus Afrad and general secretary Sazzad Alam Khan Topu, among others, were present at the programme.