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Verdict in graft case against ex-CJ Sinha deferred

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Verdict in graft case against ex-CJ Sinha deferred

A Dhaka court on Tuesday deferred to October 21 the pronouncement of its judgment in a case filed against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha) and 10 others over laundering Tk 4 crore.

Tuesday was scheduled to deliver the verdict but Acting Judge Ali Hossain fixed October 21 as the new date for the verdict as regular Judge Shaikh Nazmul Alam of the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-4 has gone on leave.

Earlier on September 14, the court 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.