The court also directed the OC of Ramna police station to submit a report on execution of the arrest warrant by January 22
A Dhaka court on Sunday issued an arrest warrant against former Chief Justice SK Sinha and 10 others for their alleged involvement in embezzlement and money laundering.
Judge KM Imrul Kayes of Senior Special Judges’ Court passed the order, after accepting a charge sheet against all the accused where they were shown as fugitives, said Meer Abdus Salam, public prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The court also directed the OC of Ramna police station to submit a report on execution of the arrest warrant by January 22.
The arrest warrant also included former Farmers Bank Managing Director and CEO AKM Shameem, former First Vice President Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, Senior Executive Vice President and former head of Credit Division Gazi Salauddin, former chairman of the bank’s audit committee Mahbubul Haque Chisty, and former vice president M Lutful Haque.
Four others accused, who were clients of Farmers Bank, are Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Niranjan’s uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha and Ranajit’s wife Santee Roy.
On December 10, 2019, ACC Director Benazir Ahmed, also the case investigation officer, had submitted the charge sheet at this court.
Before that, ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain had filed the case against them with the anti-graft watchdog’s Integrated District Office 1 on July 10, 2019.
According to case details, Chief Justice Sinha and 10 others were accused of embezzling Tk4 crore from Farmers Bank, which has since been rebranded as Padma Bank Ltd.
This was the first time in the history of Bangladesh that a former chief justice was charged in such case.
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.