Submit probe report against SK Sinha graft case on Aug 28
Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
A Dhaka court set August 28 for submission of the investigation report on charge of money laundering against former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others, reports Bangla Tribune.
Yesterday, Judge KM Imrul Kayes of Dhaka Senior Special Court passed the order to ACC chief Syed Iqbal Mahmood.
The 11 people were accused of embezzling Tk 40 million from Farmers Bank, currently known as Padma Bank.
Following the case documents, in addition to Sinha, the other accused are former Farmers Bank managing director AKM Shamim, senior executive vice president and former credit chief Gazi Salahuddin, first vice president Shwapan Kumar Rai, senior vice president and 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.
On November 2017, Sinha resigned as chief justice following a fall out with the government after the Supreme Court scrapped the 16th constitutional amendment stripping the parliament of its power to impeach apex court judges.
He claims that the verdict shown 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 revealed his autobiography where he accused the AL-led government of intimidating and threatening him to leave the country.
On 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 urged 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 20 million in cash and half of a bank guarantee of Tk 25 million in bribes from Huda to close the case.