Fraudsters like Shahed would be caught, regardless of how powerful they are, ministers Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Obaidul Quader warned yesterday.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman said Regent Hospital Chairman Shahed ruined the image of Bangladesh all over the world.
"Fraudulence of Shahed along with Regent Hospital and Regent Group destroyed Bangladesh's image," he told reporters at his home in the capital's Dhanmondi after Shahed was arrested by Rab in Satkhira.
Asaduzzaman said he would ask his party leaders to ensure a thorough verification before anyone got a place in any committee.
The home minister said Shahed was always looking for ways to cheat and as part of his deception, he used to take pictures with important persons at social events.
"He used those photographs for his scheme of cheating."
He continued, "Shahed came forward regarding the coronavirus treatment. But it was not understood [by others] at the time that his intention was to cheat. I have admitted four or five patients to his hospital. But it is now understood that cheating was his intention."
If the health ministry wants, the home ministry would launch a campaign against all hospitals violating rules and regulations, he said.
Shahed became an important figure in television talk shows, which was also part of his deception, he said, adding, "Our law enforcement agencies are efficient now. We didn't let him deceive for long. We caught him."
Meanwhile, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said the government would continue the ongoing anti-graft drive against corruption and irregularities.
"No matter how long you hide your face behind a mask, you will not be spared," he told a press briefing after meeting a Japanese delegation at the secretariat.
Wrongdoers have no political identity and party, they will be brought to justice, he added.
The arrests of Regent and JKG officials prove the government's tough stance on irregularities, he added.