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Court defers verdict in former Chief Justice Sinha graft case again

  • Published at 12:01 pm October 21st, 2021
SK Sinha
File photo of former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The verdict was initially scheduled for October 5, but was delayed due to the judge’s leave at the time

The verdict in a corruption case against former Chief Justice Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been deferred once again.

“The court of Dhaka’s Special Judge 4 was scheduled to deliver the verdict on Thursday. But the judge deferred the decision to November 9,” Public Prosecutor Meer Abdus Salam told Dhaka Tribune.

The former top judge of Bangladesh and 10 others stand accused of embezzling Tk4 crore in credit from Farmers Bank.

The trial opened on August 13 last year with the court indicting the former chief justice and the 10 others.

ACC Director Benazir had filed the charge sheet in the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Qayes on December 10, 2019.

Also read - ACC starts another case against former Chief Justice Sinha

The court, however, on February 20, 2020 transferred the case to Dhaka Special Judge Court 4.

The ACC filed the case on July 10, 2019 over the embezzlement of Tk4 crore from the then Farmers Bank, which was later renamed Padma Bank.

The others accused in the case are former Farmers Bank managing director AKM Shameem, first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, vice-presidents M Lutful Haque and Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty, bank clients Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, his uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha and Ranajit's wife Santi Roy.

According to the case details, Md Shahjahan and Niranjan had taken the money on loan from the bank, which was later transferred to Sinha's Sonali Bank account, showing it was earned from the selling of the former justice’s house. The amount was later siphoned off.

Sinha stepped down from the post of chief justice on November 11, 2017 while abroad. He currently resides in the United States.

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