Embezzlement case: Verdict against SK Sinha, 10 others Thurs
Published: 04:27 PM, 20 October 2021
Former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha); File Photo
A verdict will be announced on Thursday against 11 people, including former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha), for embezzling Tk 4 crore from Farmers Bank (now Padma Bank).
Confirming the information, ACC Public Prosecutor (PP) Mir Ahmed Ali Salam said the verdict would be handed over by the court of Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-4 on the day.
Earlier on October 5, the acting judge of Dhaka’s Special Judge’s Court-4 Ali Hossain fixed the new date for the verdict.
Apart from SK Sinha, the other accused in the case are – Md Mahbubul Huque Chisty alias Babul Chisty, former chairman of the audit committee of Farmers Bank Limited, first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Ashkari, vice president Md. Lutful Huque, former MD AKM Shameem, former SEVP Gazi Salahuddin, bank clients Md. Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, his uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha, and Ranajit’s wife Santree Roy.
Among them are four currently absconding including SK Sinha.
On July 10 last year, ACC director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed a case with the ACC’s integrated district office. After investigation, the ACC on December 4 of that year approved the chargesheet against 11 people.
ACC director Benazir Ahmed, the investigating officer of the case, filed the chargesheet in the court on December 10 last year. Then on February 20, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes accepted the chargesheet and ordered to transfer the case to Dhaka Special Judge-4.
According to the chargesheet, the accused, in collusion with each other, illegally created fake loans, transferred them to different banks, withdrew cash and transferred them through various pay-orders.
On August 13, the court framed charges against 11 people, including SK Sinha, and ordered a trial. ACC director Syed Iqbal Hossain testified in the court on August 16, with this, the testimony began.
The testimony ended on August 22 with the questioning to ACC director Benazir Ahmed, the investigating officer of the case. The court took the testimony of 21 witnesses in the case.