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5 December, 2019 12:52:25 AM
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ACC okays charge sheet against ex-CJ Sinha

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
ACC okays charge sheet against ex-CJ Sinha

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved a charge-sheet against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others in a case filed against their alleged involvement in laundering of Tk. 4 crore from Farmers Bank Ltd (now Padma Bank Ltd). This is the first time in the country that a former chief justice has been charged with corruption.

The 10 other accused are—former managing director of Farmers Bank KM Shamim, its former senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, first vice-president Swapon Kumar Ray, senior vice-president Ziauddin Ahmed, first vice-president Shafiuddin Askary, vice-president Lutful Haque, Tangail residents Md. Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Ranajit Chandra Saha, and his wife Shanti Ray.

The ACC approved the charge-sheet at a meeting at its headquarters following a probe report submitted by its director Benozir Ahmed, said the commission’s PRO Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee. He also said the commission would submit the charge-sheet in court very soon.

ACC director Sayed Iqbal Hossain had filed the case of money laundering against Sinha and the others in July. According to the FIR, all the 11 accused had tried to siphon off money from November 2016 to September 2018. It also mentioned that they had tried to transfer and hide the money in violation of the Money Laundering Prevention Act 2012.

On April 25, 2018, the ACC started probing into a complaint from an unknown source that Tk. 4 crore was deposited in Sinha’s bank account from two accounts in Farmers Bank. Sinha had come under fire from the ruling Awami League over the verdict on the 16th Amendment to the Constitution and went on leave in October 2017. Later, he became the first chief justice of the country to quit when he submitted his resignation from overseas, 81 days before the end of his term.

Following this, the Supreme Court said in a rare statement that Sinha was facing 11 specific charges, including corruption, money laundering, financial irregularities, and moral blunder.

IK

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