Ex-chief justice Sinha sued for money laundering
Published : Thursday, 11 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 707
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday filed a case bringing charges of embezzlement and money laundering against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha) and 10 others.
Syed Iqbal Hossain, an ACC Director, lodged the case with the graft watchdog's Segunbagicha office on Wednesday, ACC Secretary Md Dilwar Bakth confirmed the media.
The anti-graft watchdog found these 11 people accused of embezzling Tk 4 crore from Farmers Bank, currently known as Padma Bank.
According to the case documents, in addition to Sinha, other accused are former Farmers Bank Managing Director AKM Shamim, former Credit Division chief Gazi Salahuddin, first vice -president Shwapan Kumar Rai, former branch manager Md Zia Uddin Ahmed, first vice-president Shafiuddin Ashkari, vice-president Md Lutful Hoque, businessmen Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Saha, Shantri Rai alias Simi and her husband Ranjit Saha.
Sinha resigned as chief justice in November 2017
following fallout with the government after the Supreme Court scrapped the 16th constitutional amendment stripping the parliament of its power to impeach apex court judges.
His observations on the verdict drew criticisms against him from the ruling Awami League.
Following his resignation, Sinha moved to the United States after spending time with family in Australia. In 2018, during an event in Washington DC, the former chief justice said that he was seeking political asylum in the US. The same year, he unveiled his autobiography where he accused the AL-led government of intimidating and threatening him to leave the country.
In September 2018, Bangladesh National Alliance (BNA) Chairman Barrister Nazmul Huda filed the case against Sinha with Shahbagh Police Station in Dhaka for allegedly demanding bribe.
He alleged that Sinha, being instigated, changed the verdict of a case against him in spite of the fact
that the case was earlier
disposed of at the High Court.
Sinha allegedly demanded Tk 2 crore in cash and half of bank guarantees of Tk 2.5 crore in bribes from Huda to dispose of the case.