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ACC sues ex-CJ SK Sinha for acquiring illegal assets

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 8 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday filed a case against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on charges of taking allocation of a plot in Uttara from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) through influencing and abusing his power.

The anti-graft body also found that the former Chief Justice also constructed a nine-storey building on the plot of RAJUK through spending Tk 7.14 crore which was amassed illegally.

ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar Prodhan filed the case against SK Sinha with its integrated district office in Dhaka-1, said ACC Secretary M Anwar Hossain Hawlader.

The graft case was filed under section 27(1) of the ACC Act 2004, section 5 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act- 1947 and section 4 (2), (3) of the Money Laundering Act-2012.

According to the case, SK Sinha took a five-katha plot from RAJUK through influencing and abusing his power and constructed a nine-story building on the plot on road 6, at sector-4 of Uttara in the capital.

ACC Secretary Anwar Hossain said former chief justice SK Sinha had earlier been allotted a plot in Uttara in his name from RAJUK. But later, application was submitted for a plot in the RAJUK Purbachal project in the name of his brother Narendra Kumar Sinha through misusing his power and illegal influence.

“At first a 3-katha plot was allocated for his brother. Later, SK Sinha upgraded the three-Katha plot to five katha using his influence. Missing his power, the former CJ also transferred the plot from Purbachal to Uttara through taking approval from RAJUK. ”

The ACC secretary said, “SK Sinha himself paid Tk 75 lakh for the plot and later built a 9-storey building in the capital’s Uttara.”

According to the case, Tk 7.14 crore has been spent for the construction of the building including the payment of RAJUK for the plot in Uttara.

“There is no valid source of the money while the money is not consistent with his known sources of income. He transfers, converts and transfers money earned through illegal means through using the accounts of different people,” it said.

Earlier on July 10, 2019, the ACC filed another case accusing SK Sinha and 10 others of accumulating illegal wealth and laundering Tk4 crore.

A Dhaka special judge court will deliver the verdict of the case on October 21.