A Dhaka court on Sunday adjourned till November 12 the hearing of a case against 11 people including former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha for allegedly embezzling Taka four crore from then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.
Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 passed the order as a new prosecution witness (PW) testified in the case today.Ahsan Habib, computer operator of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), appeared as seizure list witness and submitted his deposition. He was cross-examined by the defence afterwards.
Eleven prosecution witnesses out of total 18 have, so far, been testified in the case.
Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 on August 13 framed charges in the case.
Investigation Officer (IO) and ACC director Benjir Ahmed filed the charge-sheet in the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Session 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-graft body filed the case on July 10, 2019, for embezzling Taka four crore from then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.The other accused are– former Managing Director of Farmers Bank AKM Shameem, its first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin,
vice-president M Lutful Haque, bank’s entrepreneur director Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty, bank clients Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha and his uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha and Ranajit’s wife Santree Roy.
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.