DHAKA The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) today
approved a charge sheet against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and
10 others in a graft case.
The Commission at its regular meeting today approved the charge sheet,
which will be submitted before court soon, ACC director general Sayeed
Mahbud Khan told reporters at the ACC headquarters here.
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
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.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)