A Dhaka Court sentenced former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, well known as SK Sinha, to 11 year in prison in a case filed for embezzling Tk4 crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.
Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-4 passed the order on Tuesday.
Earlier, October 21 was set to pronounce the judgment in the case. However, the date was reset, which was the second time the court has deferred the judgment in the case.
10 other accused in the case are – former managing director of Farmers Bank (now Padma Bank) AKM Shamim, senior executive vice president Gazi Salahuddin, first vice-president Swapan Kumar Roy, senior vice-president Md Ziauddin Ahmed, first vice-president Safiuddin Ashkari, vice-president Md Lutful Haque, Tangail residents Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Ranjit Chandra Saha and, his wife, Santri Roy.
Another accused named Md Ziauddin Ahmed has been acquitted as he passed away.
Of the 11 accused, Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty is in jail, while former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Shafiuddin Askaree, Ranajit Chandra Saha, Santi Roy are yet to be arrested. The remaining six accused are on bail.
On September 6, four accused, Babul Chisty, M Lutful Haque, AKM Shameem and Gazi Salauddin placed written statements in their defence before the court.
Seven accused out of the total 11 in their statements in self defence on August 29, had pleaded not guilty and demanded justice from the court. These seven accused are – Babul Chisty, AKM Shameem, M Lutful Haque, Gazi Salauddin, Swapan Kumar Roy, Md Shahjahan and Niranjon Chandra Saha.
Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 on August 13, 2020, framed charges in the case.
ACC director Benjir Ahmed had filed the charge-sheet in the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Qayes on December 10, 2019. The court, however, on February 20, 2020, transferred the case to Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 for further proceedings.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case on July 10, 2019, for embezzling Tk four crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.
According to the allegation, Md Shahjahan and Niranjan took the money on loan from then Farmers Bank, which was later transferred to Justice Sinha’s Sonali Bank account, showing it was earned from selling of his (Sinha’s) house.