Two accused in SK Sinha’s case ordered to surrender...

Two accused in SK Sinha’s case ordered to surrender

 Staff Correspondent   daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:50 PM, 22 December 2021   Updated: 02:56 PM, 22 December 2021

Surendra Kumar Sinha, widely known as SK Sinha - File Photo

Surendra Kumar Sinha, widely known as SK Sinha - File Photo

The High Court has ordered to surrender to two accused, who were acquitted in a case for embezzling and laundering money from Farmers Bank, now known as Padma Bank. 

They are - Md. Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha. 

A High Court division bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Wednesday.  

The order was issued in response to an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against the acquittal of the two accused. At the same time, the HC wanted to know why the verdict of acquittal of the accused would not be quashed. 

ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan confirmed the matter to reporters. 

Earlier on November 9, Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of Special Judge's Court-4 of Dhaka sentenced Former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to 11 years' imprisonment - seven years for laundering money and four for breach of trust - and eight others to different terms of jail sentence in the case. 

However, the court said the punishment will run concurrently.

The court also fined Sinha Tk 45 lakh and asked to confiscate Tk 78 lakh from him in favour of the state. 

Former managing director of Farmers Bank, AKM Shamim, was sentenced to four years' imprisonment and fined Tk 50,000.

The court pronounced three years' jail sentence to four other bank officials - former senior executive vice president Gazi Salauddin, first vice presidents Swapon Kumar Ray and Shafiuddin Askary and vice president Md Lutful Haque - and fined each Tk 25,000, in default of which they will have to suffer three months more in jail.

It also awarded three years' jail sentence to former chairman of the bank's audit committee Mahbubul Haque Chisty and fined him Tk 10,000, in default of which he will have to serve three months more in jail.

Ranjit Chandra Saha and his wife Shanti Roy also received three years' imprisonment and were fined Tk 10,000 each, in default of which they will serve three months more in jail.

Businessman Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha were acquitted of the charges as allegation brought against them were not proven. 

Later on December 20, the ACC filed an appeal against the acquittal of Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha in the concerned branch of the High Court. 

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