The Health Directorate reinstated a dental technologist to his post ignoring recommendations by two probe committees against him.
Mohammad Akhteruzzaman, Medical Technologist of Dental Department at Narayanganj 300-bed hospital, was accused of illegally removing dental apparatus from the hospital to his private chambers, sources in the hospital said.
Earlier, in 2011, two probe committees were also formed against him and the committees recommended for his 'transfer anywhere having found truth of various allegations against him'.
But no action was taken against him. The technologist, who has two private chambers at Fatullah and Narayanganj town, has been serving at the hospital for the last 10 years.
On April 5 in 2015, the accused illegally removed some valuable dental surgical devices including operation theatre light set from the hospital to his chambers.
On being informed, the hospital authorities formed a three-member investigation committee, headed by Senior Consultant Dr Abdul Hai, to look into the matter.
Other members of the committee are Dr Chowdhury Iqbal Bahar and Dr Mahabub Haider Shamim.
The committee found evidence of the allegations against him as per statements of the on-duty security guards. The committee recommended to the Health Directorate to take departmental action against him.
On May 19, President of Health Service Committee of the hospital and local MP AKM Selim Osman also sent a Demand of Letter (DO) to the Directorate General of the Health Directorate for the departmental action against him. On May 26, the directorate suspended Akhteruzzaman temporarily and it assigned Narayanganj Civil Surgeon Dr Dulal Chandra Chowdhury to investigate into the matter again.
After the second inquiry, the civil surgeon in the report found evidence of the allegations and sent the recommendation to the directorate to take action against him.
Surprisingly, on August 12, an office order, signed by a Director of the Health Directorate (Administration) Dr Ihteshamul Huq Chowdhury, withdrew the suspension against him and restored him at his post.
The order also said that the suspension period would be considered as the duty period. Ihteshamul Huq Chowdhury could not be contacted for his comments.