Tk 4cr Loan Scam
Charge sheet submitted against ex-CJ Sinha, 10 others
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday submitted charge sheet against former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others in a case filed over loan forgery of Tk 4 crore of The Farmers Bank Ltd (now Padma Bank Ltd).
Benjir Ahmed, ACC
Director also Investigation Officer (IO) of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Senior Special Judge's court of Dhaka said ACC General Register Officer (GRO) Julfiqar Ahmed.
This is the first time in history of Bangladesh that a former chief justice is being charged in a corruption case.
The other ten charge sheeted accused are former chairman of the bank's audit committee and also entrepreneur director Mahbubul Haque Chisty, former managing director of Farmers' Bank KM Shamim, former senior executive vice president Gazi Salauddin, first vice presidents Swapon Kumar Ray, first vice presidents Shafiuddin Askary, vice president Md Lutful Haque, Tangail businessman Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Ranjit Chandra Shaha and his wife Shanti Roy.
The IO prayed to court to drop the name of senior vice-president and former branch manager Md Ziauddin Ahmed as he died in jail during probe.
The charge sheet was seen by the Judge KM Imrul Kayesh of Senior Special Judge Court and the court fixed January 5 for hearing on the charge sheet acceptance.
ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed the case with its Dhaka integrated district office-1 on July 10.
According to charge sheet, the then Farmers Bank sanctioned loan Tk 4 crore to businessmen Shahjahan and Niranjan Dey. Later, the sanctioned loan money was deposited in favour of the then chief justice SK Sinha's account at his Supreme Court Sonali Bank Branch, Saving Account No 4435434004475. Later, this money was transferred in various ways and withdrawn. The accused in connivance with others misappropriated the money by creating false loan documents. Later, they laundered the money concealing its sources and nature. As a result the accused committed the offence under Section 409, 420 and 109 of the Penal Code and Anti Corruption Prevention Act section 5(2) of 1947 and Money Laundering Prevention Act 4(2)(3) of 2012.
Sinha sent his resignation letter to Bangabhaban on November 10 in 2017, from abroad. President Abdul Hamid accepted his resignation three days later. The former CJ is now in the US.