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Three more witnesses testify against SK Sinha

  • Published at 06:35 pm August 25th, 2020
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File photo of former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha Collected

Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 on August 13 framed charges in the case

Three more prosecution witnesses on Tuesday testified in the money laundering case filed against Surendra Kumar Sinha, former chief justice, and 10 others.

Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of the Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 recorded the statements of the three witnesses---ACC Assistant Director Monirul Islam, Assistant Vice President of Farmers Bank Gulshan Branch Mrinal Majumder and the bank’s Executive Officer Rezaul Hasan.

Later, defence lawyers for seven accused cross-examined the prosecution witness.

After recording the depositions, the court adjourned the trial proceedings till September 1.

A total of 4 prosecution witnesses have now given depositions before the court in the case.

Meanwhile, four accused -- former first vice-president of Farmers Bank Ltd Swapan Kumar Roy, vice-president M Lutful Haque, M Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha -- were granted bail after they surrendered before the court and sought bail in the case.

SK Sinha and three others are on the run.

On July 10, ACC director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed the case against Sinha and 10 others with the anti-graft watchdog’s Dhaka integrated district office-1 at Segunbagicha, for allegedly plundering Tk 4 crore from Farmers Bank by creating fake loan documents to the names of two persons.

Later, the money was transferred to the account of SK Sinha and siphoned off.

Former chief justice Sinha sent his resignation letter to Bangabhaban from abroad on November 10, 2017. President Abdul Hamid accepted the resignation of Sinha on November 13, 2017. Currently, Sinha is staying in the United States.

In October 2018, the ACC revealed that they had found evidence of fraud in the transactions of Tk4 crore borrowed by two businessmen, Shahjahan and Niranjan, from Farmers Bank.

Subsequently, an ACC probe found that the money was deposited to the bank account of SK Sinha.

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