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Verdict in graft case against ex-CJ SK Sinha today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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A Dhaka court will deliver its verdict today in a case filed against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha) and 10 others over laundering Tk 4 crore.

Earlier Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-4 on September 14 fixed the date to deliver its judgment on completion of closing arguments in the graft case.

Public prosecutor Mir Ahmed Abdus Salam said, “The court will deliver its verdict at around 12:00pm on Tuesday in the case.”

During closing arguments, the prosecution demanded maximum punishment for the accused in the case claiming that they were able to prove the charges against the accused.

However, the defence lawyer sought acquittal of the accused from the charges saying that the prosecution failed to prove the graft charges against their clients. 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 fraudulence 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 December 8 the same year, ACC director Md Benjir Ahammad, also Investigation Officer of the case pressed charge sheet against the accused in the case.

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 staying in the USA.