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ACC submits charge sheet against former CJ Sinha, 10 others

  • Published at 06:18 pm December 10th, 2019
SK Sinha
File photo of former chief justice SK Sinha Collected

The former chief justice has been accused of embezzling money

The Anti-Corruption Commission has submitted a charge sheet against former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others for their alleged involvement in embezzlement and money laundering.

Investigation officer (IO) and ACC Director Benazir Ahmed submitted the charge sheet at Dhaka Senior Special Judge KM Imrus Kayes’ court on Tuesday.

On July 10, ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed a case with the anti-graft watchdog’s Integrated District Office 1, against them.

According to case details, Justice Sinha and 10 others have been accused of embezzling Tk4 crore from Farmers Bank, which has since been rebranded as Padma Bank Ltd.

This is a first in Bangladesh history, where a former chief justice is being charged in a case.

Some others accused are: former Farmers Bank managing director and CEO AKM Shameem, former first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, former senior executive vice-president GaziSalauddin, and former vice-president M Lutful Haque.

Four others accused, who were clients of Farmers Bank, are Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, his uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha, and Ranajit’s wife Santee Roy.

The ACC found that both Niranjan and Shahjahan deposited Tk2 crore each into Sinha’s personal account in Sonali Bank, transferred from their accounts at Farmers Bank’s Gulshan Branch, by separate pay orders in 2016.

The two had collected the money with a loan from the Farmers Bank, which was processed allegedly illegally and without following due process, with the help of the accused bank officials.