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Money laundering case: EX- CJ Sinha among 11 indicted

A Dhaka court on Thursday framed charges against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others in a money laundering case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Judge Nazum Alam of Dhaka Special Judges Court-4 framed charges against them.

The court also fixed August 18 for starting trial in the case.

The other accused are A K M Shamim, former MD of Farmers Bank, Gazi Salahuddin, senior executive vice president and former head of credit division, Swapan Kumar Roy, first vice president (Credit division), Shafiuddin Askari Ahmed, vice president Md Lutful Haque, and Mohammad Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Santri Roy Simi and Ranjit Chandra Saha.

Earlier on August 11, the court fixed August 13 (today) for hearing on framing charges against them.

On July 10, 2019, ACC filed the case on charge of misappropriating and laundering about Tk 4 crore from Farmers Bank in 2016.

Ex-Chief Justice Sinha, went on leave on October 2, 2017, and left for Australia on October 13 amid dispute over some of his observations about the 16th Amendment verdict.

A day after Sinha’s departure to Australia, the Supreme Court issued a statement saying he was facing 11 charges, including of graft, moral turpitude and money laundering.

On November 11, 2017, Sinha resigned from his post of chief justice.