Testimony against SK Sinha, 11 others today...

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Testimony against SK Sinha, 11 others today

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:41 AM, 28 December 2020  

Surendra Kumar Sinha; File Photo

Surendra Kumar Sinha; File Photo

The testimony against former Chief Justice SK Sinha and 11 others is scheduled to be held on Monday in the Farmers Bank’s Tk 4 crore loan fraud and money laundering case.

The testimony will be held in the court of Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-4. So far, the testimony of 14 out of 18 witnesses in the case has been completed.

The accused in the case — Swapan Kumar Roy, first vice president of Farmers Bank, vice president Md. Lutful Haque, former MD AKM Shamim, former SEVP Gazi Salahuddin, Tangail resident Md. Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha — are currently on bail. Besides, the former chairman of the audit committee of Farmers Bank Limited Md. Mahbubul Haque Chisty (Babul Chisty) lodged in jail.

Four accused, including former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, are still absconding. The other three accused are Safiuddin Askari, first vice president of Farmers Bank, Ranjit Chandra Saha and his wife Santri Roy.

Meanwhile, on December 8, the court fixed December 28 for the next testimony of the 14th witness. The plaintiff in the case against them, ACC director Syed Iqbal Hossain, testified in the court on August 18. With this, the testimony began.

The formal trial began on August 13 with the formation of charges in the case. 

On February 20, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes ordered the case to be transferred to Dhaka Special Judge-4. On January 5, the court issued arrest warrants against 11 people, including SK Sinha. The chargesheet was filed in the court on December 10 by ACC director Benazir Ahmed.

Earlier, the commission meeting on December 4 approved the chargesheets against 11 people. On July 10 last year, ACC director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed the case with the ACC’s integrated district office in Dhaka for embezzling Tk four crore from then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.