Irregularities in purchases at Azimpur Matrisdan: Charge sheet filed

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a charge sheet against 18 officials and 3 contractors, including the doctors of Azimpur’s Maternal Home and Child Health Training Institute, for embezzling Tk 3.5 crore through irregularities in purchases.

On Sunday (July 7) with the approval of the commission, the charge sheet of three cases was submitted to the court by the investigating officer assistant director Md. Ataur Rahman Govt. A senior source in the ACC confirmed the matter.

The defendants in the charge sheet are – Dr. Azimpur Matrisadan Hospital’s former supervisor. Israt Jahan, former principal of family welfare inspector. Parveen Haque Chowdhury, former Senior Consultant (Obs/Gyn) of Matrisdan and Child Health Training Institute. Roshan Hosne Jahan, former Assistant Coordinator (Training and Research) Dr. Md. Dr. Lutful Kabir Khan, former medical officer of Azimpur district civil surgeon office. Roshan Jahan, Senior Consultant (Child) Dr. Md. Amir Hossain, former senior health education officer. Nashir Uddan, former social service officer deleted. Raicha Khatun, former junior consultant of Azimpur Matrisdan Dr. Mahfuza Khatun, former assistant coordinator Dr. Chinmoy Kanti Das, former medical officer of the district civil surgeon’s office. Saiful Islam, Azimpur Matrisdan Medical Officer (Child) Dr. Begum Mahfuza, Dilara Akhtar, Dr. Nazrina Begum, former administrative officer Zahirul Islam, Junior Consultant (Child) of Matri Sadan and Child Health Training Institute. Nadira Afroz, former deputy program manager of family planning department. Nacher Uddin, former social service officer Bilkis Akhter and former medical officer (sonologist/imaging) Dr. Aleya Ferdowsi.

In addition, the three contractors included in the charge sheet are – the owner of Monarch Establishment. Fate Noor Islam, Nafisa Business Corner Proprietor Sheikh Idris Uddin (Chanchal) and Santhana Traders Proprietor Nizamur Rahman Chowdhury.

According to the charge sheet, the accused in collusion with each other by abuse of power and resorting to corruption violated the public procurement rules in the procurement of medicine and equipment through tender in the financial year 2014-15. There, he purchased the goods by evaluating the answer sheet of the MRP website, taking into account the fabricated and baseless prices of the market committee formed without considering the current market prices. Through this they embezzled a total of 3 crore 63 lakh 79 thousand 523 taka.

ACC filed four separate cases on December 15, 2019 in this incident. In those cases, a total of 4 crore 92 lakh 42 thousand 763 rupees were alleged to have been embezzled. ACC Deputy Director Abu Bakar Siddique was the plaintiff in the case. Immediately after the trial, the defendants were banned from leaving the country. 17 doctors and eight people from various government and private departments were accused in the case. Israt Jahan, the former supervisor of Azimpur Matri Sadan and Child Health Training Institute, was accused in all four cases. The charge sheet has been filed under Section 409/420/109 of the Penal Code along with Section 5(2) of the ACC Act, 1947.