Health Secretary MM Niaz Uddin Mia, who got his job extended with fake freedom fighter certificate, resigned today.

He submitted the resignation letter to the public administration secretary citing “physical illness”, Parikshit Chowdhury, public relation officer of the health ministry confirmed the information to The Daily Star.

The health secretary took the decision before the government takes punitive action against him for his alleged involvement with the scam, sources at the health ministry said.

The Anti-Corruption Commission earlier found that Niaz Uddin and four others took freedom fighter certificates illegally to extend their service period last year.

Among the others, two are secretaries, one is a joint secretary and the other is chairman of the privatisation commission.

They are: Public Service Commission Secretary AKM Amir Hossain, former Liberation War Affairs secretary KH Masud Siddiqui (now an OSD), former joint secretary of Liberation War Affairs ministry Abul Kashem Talukder (currently an OSD) and Privatisation Commission Chairman Molla Waheeduzzaman.