DHAKA: A Dhaka court set August 28 for submitting probe report in the case lodged against former Chief Justice (CJ) Surendra Kumar Sinha, 10 others for allegedly misappropriating and laundering about Tk 4 crore.
Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Qayes on Thursday (July 11) set the date, , accepting the ejahar filed in the case and asked investigating officer to submit the report on the day.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Syed Iqbal Hossain is the officer investigating the case.
Earlier on Wednesday (10), the Anti-Corruption Commission sued 11 people, including former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, for misappropriating and laundering about Tk 4 crore from the then Farmers Bank in 2016.
Prior to that, the ant-graft body has approved a case against them on charge of money laundering.
The accused include the bank’s former MD AKM Shamim, Senior Executive Vice President and former head of Credit Division Gazi Salahuddin, First Vice President of Credit Division Swapan Kumar Roy, Senior Vice President and former branch manager Zia Uddin Ah-med, First Vice President Shafiuddin Askary and Vice President Lutful Haque, one Shahjahan of Tangail, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Ranjit Chandra Saha of Tangail and his wife Santri Roy Simi.
ACC sources confirmed that the case has been approved on Wednesday (July 10) morning. It also said that the case will be filed with Dhaka District Coordination Office of ACC.
ACC summoned six officials of Farmers’ Bank, including its former MD AKM Shamim, to investigate the deposit of Tk 4 crore in the accounts of former Chief Justice SK Sinha.
In the notice sent by ACC director Syed Iqbal Hossain on August 26 last year, the officials were asked to appear before the ACC head office. ACC is also investigating against Ananta Kumar Sinha, brother of SK Sinha.
Earlier on November 10, 2017, SK Sinha resigned as the Chief Justice following fury from pro-ruling party leaders, lawyers and ministers over his verdict scrapping a constitutional amendment.
President Abdul Hamid accepted the resignation of Surendra Kumar Sinha on November 13, 2017.
However, the full text of the verdict of Appellate division of Supreme Court scrapping the 16th amendment to the constitution was published on August 1, 2017.
The order shifted a power to the Supreme Court Judicial Council after stripping it off the Member of Parliaments (MPs), to impeach the Supreme Court judges.
BDST: 1754 HRS, July 11, 2019