ACC approves charge against SK Sinha

Published: 04 Dec 2019 Updated: 04 Dec 2019   

Samakal Correspondent

The Anti-Corruption Commission has approved a charge sheet against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others on charge of laundering Tk 4 crore from Farmers Bank.

The charge forming approval came from a regular meeting at ACC head office on Wednesday, said ACC Director General (DG) Syed Mahbub Khan.

Earlier, the national anti-graft agency filed a case against former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others for plundering about Taka four crore
from Farmers Bank, now renamed as Padma Bank, creating fake loan documents to the names of two persons, he said.

Later, Mahbud said, the money was transferred to the account of SK Sinha and siphoned off the amount.

The charge sheet will be submitted before court against SK Sinha, former managing director of Farmers Bank (now Padma Bank) KM Shamim, former senior executive vice president Gazi Salauddin, first vice-president Swapon Kumar Ray, former chairman of Farmers Bank audit committee Mahbubul Haque Chisty, first vice-president Shafiuddin Askary, vice-president Md Lutful Haque, businessman from Tangail Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Ranjit Chandra Saha and his wife Shanti Roy.

As the ACC did not find the involvement of senior vice-president and former branch manager Md Ziauddin Ahmed in the loan scam, his name was excluded from the chargesheet, Mahbud said, but Mahbubul Haque Chisty was named in the chargesheet because of his involvement in the scam.

July 10, 2019, ACC director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed the case against Sinha and 10 others with the anti-graft watchdog’s Dhaka integrated district office-1 at Segunbagicha for allegedly plundering Taka 4 crore from Farmers Bank.

Sinha sent his resignation letter to the Bangabhaban on November 10, 2017 from abroad. President Abdul Hamid accepted the resignation of Sinha on November 13, 2017.

Currently, Sinha is staying in the United States.

In October 2018, ACC revealed that the Commission found ‘evidence’ of fraud involving transactions of Taka 4 crore borrowed by two businessmen, Shahjahan and Niranjan, from Farmers Bank.

Later, the ACC initiated a probe into the allegation. The ACC’s probe found that the money was deposited to the bank account of Sinha.

With the inputs from BSS

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