Nephew testifies to ‘illegal transaction’ of SK Sinha

Staff Correspondent

14 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The recording of testimony of Shankhajit Sinha, nephew of former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, was completed on Wednesday before a Dhaka court in a money laundering case.

Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-4 recorded the statement. The court fixed February 2 for the next hearing of the case.

The witness in his testimony told the court that following the direction of SK Sinha, a joint account was opened at Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd’s Uttara Branch in the names of SK Sinha’s elder brother Narendra Kumar Sinha and him in which Tk 2.25 crore was transferred without their knowledge.

Shankhajit said that he did not know anything about transactions from

their joint account. Later Tk 78 lakh was transferred to his personal account at Dhaka Bank Ltd’s EPZ branch in Savar.

He said as per SK Sinha’s direction, he opened two FDRs of Tk 50 and 10 lakh at Dhaka Bank Ltd’s Uttara branch and the rest Tk 18 lakh was deposited to Dhaka Bank’s EPZ branch. All the transactions were done as per direction of SK Sinha, he added

With this, a total of 17 out of 18 prosecution witnesses, including the complainant, gave their statements before the court since the trial started on August 13 last year in the case.

Seven accused were present before the court while four accused including SK Sinha are on the run. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on December 10, 2019 submitted a charge sheet against SK Sinha and 10 others in the graft case.

ACC on July 10, 2019, filed a case against SK Sinha and others for alleged loan fraud and embezzlement of Tk 4 crore from The Farmers Bank.

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