Next testimony against SK Sinha, 10 others on March 3
Published: 03:35 PM, 14 February 2021
SK Sinha - File Photo
A Dhaka court fixed March 3 for the next testimony in a case filed against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar (SK) Sinha and 10 others for allegedly embezzling Tk 4 crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.
Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 on Sunday set the date. Eighteen prosecution witnesses out of the total 21 have so far testified in the case.
Testimony in the case was scheduled to hold today. However, the ACC plead for time as the witness was not present in the court.
Earlier on August 13, Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 framed charges in the case.
Investigation Officer (IO) and ACC director Benjir Ahmed filed the charge-sheet in the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes on December 10, 2019.
However, the court transferred the case to Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 for further proceedings on February 20, 2020.
On July 10, 2019, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case for embezzling Taka four crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.
The other accused are - former Farmers Bank managing director AKM Shameem, first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, vice-president M Lutful Haque, bank’s entrepreneur director Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty, bank clients Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, his uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha, and Ranajit’s wife Santree Roy.
According to the allegation, Md Shahjahan and Niranjan took the money on loan from then Farmers Bank, which was later transferred to Justice Sinha’s Sonali Bank account, showing it was earned from selling of his (Sinha’s) house.