14 Sep 2021, 18:16

Judgement in graft case against ex-CJ Sinha, others on Oct 5

 DHAKA, Sept 14, 2021 (BSS) - A court here today set October 5 for
pronouncing judgement in a case against former Chief Justice (CJ) Surendra
Kumar (SK) Sinha and 10 others for allegedly embezzling Taka four crore from
the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.

   Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 set the date as
both prosecution and defence concluded their closing arguments in the case

   Earlier on September 6, four accused, former Chairman of the then Farmer's
Bank's Audit Committee Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty, Vice-
President M Lutful Haque, Managing Director AKM Shameem and Senior Executive
Vice-President Gazi Salauddin placed written statements in their defence
before the court.

   Seven accused out of the total 11 in their statements in self defence on
August 29, had pleaded not guilty and demanded justice from the court. These
seven accused are-- Babul Chisty, AKM Shameem, M Lutful Haque, Gazi
Salauddin, first vice-president of the then Farmer's Bank Swapan Kumar Roy
and bank clients Md Shahjahan and Niranjon Chandra Saha.

   Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 on August 13, 2020, framed charges in the

   ACC Director Benjir Ahmed had filed the charge-sheet in the case with the
court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Qayes on December 10,
2019. The court, however, on February 20, 2020, transferred the case to Dhaka
Special Judge Court-4 for further proceedings.

   The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case on July 10, 2019, for
embezzling Taka four crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the
money abroad.

   The other accused are AKM Shameem, Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin
Askaree, Gazi Salauddin, M Lutful Haque, Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul
Chisty, Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, his uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha
and Ranajit's wife Santi Roy.  According to the allegation, Md Shahjahan and
Niranjan took the money on loan from the then Farmers Bank, which was later
transferred to Justice Sinha's Sonali Bank account, showing it was earned
from selling of his (Sinha's) house.


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