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Former chief justice SK Sinha, 10 others indicted in money laundering, embezzlement case

  • Published at 01:08 pm August 13th, 2020
SK Sinha
File photo of former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha Collected

On December 10, 2019, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) submitted a charge sheet against 11 people, including Sinha, in the case

Charges have been framed against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others for embezzling and laundering about Tk4 crore from Farmers Bank Limited.

Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 framed the charges in the case on Thursday.

Bench Officer Fazlur Rahman confirmed the matter.

After the charges were framed, the court fixed August 18 for recording deposition of witnesses in the case.

Earlier, another Dhaka court on January 5 accepted the charges against the accused in the case and it also issued arrest warrants against all the accused as they were shown as fugitives in the charge sheet.

On December 10, 2019, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) submitted a charge sheet against the 11 people including Sinha in the case.

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Among the others accused in the case are Farmers Bank Limited’s (now known as Padma Bank Limited) former Managing Director (MD) AKM Shamim, Senior Executive Vice-President and head of Credit Division Gazi Salahuddin, First Vice-President of Credit Division Swapan Kumar Roy, First Vice-President Shafiuddin Askary, former chairman of the bank's audit committee Mahbubul Haque Chisty and Vice-President Lutful Haque.

One Shahjahan of Tangail’s Sreehoripur village, Ranjit Chandra Saha of the district’s Jodunathpur village, his wife Santri Roy and nephew Niranjan Chandra Saha have also been accused in the graft case.

Of the accused, AKM Shamim and Gazi Salahuddin secured bail, and Mahbubul Haque Chisty was shown arrested in the case.

On July 10, ACC filed the case against Sinha and 10 others with the anti-graft watchdog’s Dhaka integrated district office-1 at Segunbagicha for allegedly plundering Tk4 crore from Farmers Bank, creating fake loan documents to the names of two persons.

Later, the money was transferred to the account of Surendra Kumar Sinha and the amount was siphoned off, said the case statement.

Justice Sinha resigned as Chief Justice on November 11, 2017, from abroad. He is currently residing in the US.

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