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'Sinha to be brought back home to put on trial'

  • Published at 10:54 pm January 25th, 2020
SK Sinha
File photo of former chief justice SK Sinha Collected

Ziaur Rahman was involved in the plot to assassinate Bangabandhu, the minister says

Branding former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha as a "black sheep, thief and rogue," Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq has said he will be brought back home from abroad and put on trial.

The minister said: "He (SK Sinha) will be dragged back home tying in with rope around his waist and put on trial. He will not be spared in any way."

Mozammel Huq was addressing a function marking the inauguration of the Muktijoddha Complex in four upazilas of Moulvibazar Saturday.

He also criticized BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, saying Zia was involved in the plot to assassinate Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Mozammel mentioned that freedom fighters will now get allowances each month instead of once in every three months.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Mallika Dey presided over the program jointly organized by the district administration and the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED).

File photo of Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque | Collected

On January 22, a Dhaka court directed authorities concerned to publish an advertisement in two national dailies asking the former chief justice and 10 others to appear before it on February 20 in a case filed on charges of misappropriating and laundering Tk4 crore.

On January 5, the court issued a warrant for the arrest of the accused as they did not appear before it on the day.

On July 10, 2019, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case accusing SK Sinha and 10 others of accumulating illegal wealth and laundering Tk4 crore.

The former chief justice went on leave on October 2, 2017 and left for Australia on October 13 amid a row over some of his observations in the 16th amendment verdict. 

Just before his departure, he told reporters that he was not sick, contradicting the government's claim that he went on leave on health grounds.

A day after Sinha's trip to Australia, the Supreme Court issued a statement, saying he was facing 11 charges, including graft, moral turpitude and money laundering.

On November 11, 2017, he resigned from his post of the chief justice.