A Dhaka Tribunal on Monday awarded life imprisonment to Regent Group and Hospital Chairman Md Shahed in an arms case.
Dhaka Special Tribunal-1 Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order in presence of the accused.
The court also sentenced Shahed seven years in prison under a separate section of The Arms Act, 1878. Both the punishment will be executed jointly.
The same court on September 20 fixed today for delivering its judgement. The prosecution presented its final arguments in the case on September 17. After presenting arguments, Additional Public Prosecutor Taposh Kumar Pal sought highest punishment (life term imprisonment) for Shahed.
The defence counsels presented their final arguments today and sought acquittal of their client. Shahed in his self defence statements on September 16 pleaded not guilty and sought justice.
On July 30, DB police submitted the chargesheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court of Dhaka, showing 13 people as prosecution witnesses.
The case was then transferred to Dhaka metropolitan sessions court. On August 27, the same court indicted Shahed in the case.
On July 19, Shahed led the DB to an abandoned car on Sonargaon Janapath Road in Uttara on a special drive. A pistol, a bullet, a magazine, 10 bottles of phensedyl, and five bottles of liquor were recovered, said DB Additional Commissioner Abdul Baten.
Later, the detectives filed two cases against Shahed with the Uttara West police under the Narcotics Control Act and Arms Act.
On July 15, Shahed was arrested by RAB members from Satkhira when he was trying to leave the country on a boat.
On July 6, law enforcement raided the Mirpur and Uttara branches of Regent Hospital and found that the hospital issued fake Covid-19 certificates to patients and charged excessive fees to patients admitted there.
The Regent Group head office and both hospital branches were sealed off and 16 people, including the chairman, were sued on the charge of issuing fake coronavirus test reports.