A Dhaka court has directed the authorities concerned to publish advertisement in two national dailies asking former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others to appear before it on February 20 in connection with a corruption case.
After getting reports on execution of arrest warrant, Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of the Senior Special Judge’s Court of Dhaka came up with the order on Wednesday.Earlier on January 5, the same court issued arrest warrants against all the accused as they have been shown “fugitives” in the charge-sheets.
The arrest warrant also included former Farmers Bank Managing Director and CEO AKM Shameem, former First Vice President Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, Senior Executive Vice President and former head of Credit Division Gazi Salauddin, former chairman of the bank’s audit committee Mahbubul Haque Chisty, and former vice president M Lutful Haque.
Four others accused, who were clients of Farmers Bank, are Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Niranjan’s uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha and Ranajit’s wife Santee Roy.
On December 10, 2019, ACC Director Benazir Ahmed, also the case investigation officer, submitted the charge sheet at this court.
Prior to that, ACC Director SyedIqbal Hossain filed the case against them with the anti-graft watchdog’s Integrated District Office 1 on July 10, 2019.
According to case details, Chief Justice Sinha and 10 others were accused of embezzling Tk4 crore from Farmers Bank, which has since been rebranded as Padma Bank Ltd.