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Verdict in graft case against ex-CJ Sinha today

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 9th November, 2021 09:48:51 AM
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Verdict in graft case against ex-CJ Sinha today

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A Dhaka court on Tuesday will deliver its verdict in a case filed against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha) and 10 others for laundering Tk4 crore.

On October 21, Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-4 fixed the date to deliver its judgment on completion of closing arguments in the graft case.

The 10 other accused are AKM Shamim, Gazi Salahuddin, Swapan Kumar Roy, Md Lutful Haque, Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Shafiuddin Askary Ahmed, Ranjit Chandra Saha, Santri Roy and Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty.

Among the accused, Shamim, Salahuddin, Swapan, Lutful, Shahjahan and Niranjan, who are now on bail, were present at the tribunal while only Babul Chisty, who is now behind bars, was brought to the court from the jail.

Four other accused -- SK Sinha, Shafiuddin, Ranjit and Santri -- have been absconding since filing of the graft case by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

A total of 21 prosecution witnesses testified before the court in the case.

The ACC in October 2018 said that the commission found evidence of fraud involving transactions of Tk 4 crore borrowed with fake documents by two businessmen, Shahjahan and Niranjan, from the Farmers Bank (now Padma Bank). Later, the money was deposited in Justice SK Sinha’s account.

On July 10 in 2019, ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed the case with its Integrated District Office-1 in Dhaka against SK Sinha and 10 others over the charges.

On August 13 last year, the court started trial against the 11 accused through framing charges against them in the corruption case.

Justice SK Sinha resigned from his post on November 11, 2017, from abroad. He is now in the USA.