Court again asks for probe report on case against SK Sinha

Former Chief Justice SK Sinha
Former Chief Justice SK Sinha. File photo

A Dhaka court today again asked the ACC to submit the probe report on a money laundering case against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others by October 2.

Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of the Senior Special Judge’s Court in Dhaka passed the order after ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain and also the investigation officer of the case failed to submit any probe report today.

On July 10, the ACC filed a case against SK Sinha and 10 others on charges of misappropriating and laundering in 2016 about Tk 4 crore from the then Farmers Bank.

The accused include the bank’s former managing director AKM Shamim, former head of credit division Gazi Salahuddin, First Vice President of Credit Division Swapan Kumar Roy, Senior Vice President Zia Uddin Ahmed, First Vice President Shafiuddin Askary and Vice President Lutful Haque.

The other accused are Shahjahan of Tangail’s Sreehoripur village; Ranjit Chandra Saha of the district’s Jodunathpur village, his wife Santri Roy and nephew Niranjan Chandra Saha.

According to the case statement, Shahjahan and Niranjan opened two separate current accounts with Farmers Bank’s Gulshan Branch on November 6, 2016.

The next day, each of them applied for loans of Tk 2 crore from the accounts.

The two used the same residential address in Uttara in their bank documents. The ACC, during investigation, found that the house is owned by Sinha, the statement said.

Shahjahan and Ranjit are known to be well acquainted with ex-CJ Sinha, it said.