Md Mizanur Rahman, managing director of Regent Hospital's Uttara branch, yesterday confessed to a magistrate that he along with others issued fake Covid-19 certificates for 76 workers of Dhaka Metro Rail, as per the direction of Regent Group Chairman Shahed Karim.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Baki Billah recorded his statement after Sub-Inspector Yadur Rahman of Uttara Paschim Police Station, also investigation officer of the case, produced him before his chamber.
Mizan was produced before the court on completion of his 10-day remand, which ended yesterday.
After recording his statement, the magistrate ordered to send him to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.
In his statement, Mizan told the magistrate that he was directly involved in issuing fake Covid-19 certificates to the workers of Dhaka Metro Rail while Shahed and Regent Group Managing Director Masud Pavez were the masterminds behind the offence, a court official said.
Police arrested Mizan from his village home in Gopalganj on July 24.
On July 20, Md Rezaul Karim, an administrative officer of Ekshid Corporation Ltd, filed the case with Uttara Paschim Police Station against Shahed, its Managing Director Masud, Mizan, employees Dwipayan Basu and Anindya Basu.
According to prosecution, it was alleged that the complainant, on behalf of his company, signed an agreement with Regent Hospital Uttara branch on April 9 to conduct Covid-19 tests on their 76 labourers, who are working under the Dhaka Metro Rail project.
Under the agreement, the hospital was supposed to take Tk 3,500 for the test on each labourer.
But later, the complainant came to know that the hospital supplied fake Covid-19 certificates even though they paid Tk 2.66 lakh, the case statement added.