The former chief justice has been accused of corruption and abusing power
Barrister Nazmul Huda has filed a case against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, accusing him of corruption and abusing his power.
Huda, who heads the Bangladesh Nationalist Alliance, filed the case at the Shahbagh police station on September 27, but the matter came to light on Monday.
Confirming the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, Shahbagh police OC Abul Hossain said that the case, however, would be investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) as Justice Sinha was facing corruption charges.
According to the case details, Huda has accused Justice Sinha of influencing a High Court bench to issue an order in a bribery case against him last year.
The other charges brought by Huda, who is now close to the ruling Awami League after being expelled by the BNP, against the former chief justice include abuse of power and bribery.
A Dhaka court has also ordered to submit the investigation report in the case by November 4.
Meanwhile, the ACC on Monday also said it was investigating Justice Sinha’s brother Ananta Kumar Sinha over allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes.
ACC spokesperson Pranab Kumer Bhattacharya told the Dhaka Tribune: “The commission initiated an inquiry into Ananta Kumar Sinha for charges of purchasing a three-storey house worth $280,000 in the US, amassing illegal wealth, and money laundering.
Justice Sinha, who is currently in the US after resigning as the chief justice in November last year, recently made headlines after publishing an autobiography, where he accused the incumbent Awami League-led government of “exiling” him after he had resigned “in the face of intimidation and threats.”
Earlier this week, at an event in Washington DC, the former chief justice had revealed that he has sought political asylum in the US.
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Nazmul Huda was sentenced to seven years in jail and his wife Sigma Huda to three years in a case that was filed by the ACC in March 2007, during the military-controlled caretaker government’s term, for taking Tk2.40 crore as bribe.
The High Court had acquitted them following their appeal in March 2011. But the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division in December 2014 ordered a rehearing of the couple’s plea following the ACC’s petition after scrapping the High Court verdict.
After the rehearing, another High Court bench on November 8 last year upheld the couple’s conviction, but reduced Nazmul Huda’s sentence to four years.
However, in the case he filed at Shahbagh police station, Huda alleged that prior to the rehearing Justice Sinha had met him in his chamber and demanded Tk3.25 crore as bribe from Huda to dismiss the bribery case.
When he did not pay the money, Huda alleged, Justice Sinha, who was an Appellate Division judge at that time, went on to issue the order rehear the couple’s appeal in the 2007 case.
Huda said the appeal rehearing was held in a special bench, which had a relative of Justice Sinha in it, in a short notice and he was sentenced to four years in jail.
The former BNP leader also claimed that he filed the case this late as the accused was an influential individual and occupying the top position in the judiciary till he stepped down last November.