The lawyers of two businessmen who were interrogated by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on embezzlement allegations have claimed the money that was deposited in the bank account of former Chief Justice SK Sinha was the money paid to Sinha after he sold his house.
Afzal Mahmud and Nazmul Alam, the lawyers representing businessmen Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha, said on Sunday afternoon that after the money was collected, it was transferred to Sinha's account via pay order.
According to the lawyers, Sinha sold his six-storied Uttara building to Shanti Roy, a resident of Tangail, in 2016. Shanti paid Tk2 crore, and later took help from her uncle Niranjan, and her husband's friend Shahjahan, to pay the rest of the money.
Niranjan and Shahjahan took Tk2 crore each, a total of Tk4 crore, from the Gulshan branch of Farmers' Bank Ltd to pay the rest of the money, claimed their lawyers.
The lawyers added that the paperwork for the transaction between Shanti Roy and Sinha was completed in 2016, and Sinha took Tk4 crore via pay order on November 8, 2016 through the Supreme Court branch of Sonali Bank.
ACC Assistant Director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha have been interrogated from 10am to 4pm inside ACC on Sunday.
Earlier, both of the businessmen were accused of taking the Tk4 crore loan from Farmers Bank Ltd using fake documents and depositing the money in the bank account of a VVIP without mentioning any specific name in November 2017. Later, on April 25 this year, they were given a notice to appear before the ACC for interrogation.
Several media earlier reported that the account belonged to former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. SK Sinha resigned in November 2017 after facing criticism over the 16th amendment verdict.