Verdict against SK Sinha, 10 others deferred again...

Dhaka, Monday   06 December 2021

Verdict against SK Sinha, 10 others deferred again

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:29 PM, 21 October 2021   Updated: 01:43 PM, 21 October 2021

Surendra Kumar (SK) Sinha

Surendra Kumar (SK) Sinha

A Dhaka court on Thursday deferred the pronouncement of verdict in a graft case filed over Tk 4 crore money laundering against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar (SK) Sinha and 10 others.

Dhaka Special Judge (Court-4) Sheikh Nazmul Alam Khan deferred the date and fixed November 9 as the new date for delivering the verdict.

Confirming the information, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mir Ahmed Ali Salam said that the verdict has not been prepared yet hence the judge has fixed a new date.

Earlier, the verdict was scheduled for October 5. However, Judge (in-charge) Mohammed Ali Hossain of the court deferred the date as the judge concerned is on leave due to family matter.  

The 10 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; and the bank’s Entrepreneur Director Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty; bank clients Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha; Niranan’s uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha; and Ranajit’s wife Santi Roy.

Among the accused, Shamim, Salahuddin, Swapan, Lutful, Shahjahan and Niranjan are now on bail. Babul Chisty is now behind the bars. Four other accused - SK Sinha, Shafiuddin, Ranjit and Santri - are on the run.

Justice SK Sinha resigned from his post on November 11, 2017, from abroad. Now staying in the US, he has been shown absconding in the case for non-appearance.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in October 2018 said that they found evidence of fraud involving transactions of Tk4 crore borrowed with fake documents by two businessmen - Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha - from the Farmers Bank (now Padma Bank).

Later, the money was deposited in Justice Sinha’s Sonali Bank account, showing that it was earned from selling off his house. The amount was later siphoned off.

On July 10, 2019, ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed the case with its Integrated District Office-1 in Dhaka. On December 8 the same year, ACC Director Md Benjir Ahammad, also the investigation officer of the case, pressed charges against the accused.

The trial began on August 13 last year through framing of the charges against the 11 accused.

On September 14 this year, Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of the Dhaka Fourth Special Judge’s Court fixed the verdict date on October 5 after completion of the closing arguments in the case. During the trial, 21 prosecution witnesses testified before the court.