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7 accused plead not guilty in graft case against former CJ Sinha

  • Published at 06:47 pm August 29th, 2021
SK Sinha
FILE PHOTO: Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha is the first Chief Justice in the history of Bangladesh to quit Courtesy

The ACC had filed the graft case on July 10, 2019

A total of seven accused in a graft case against former chief justice (CJ) Surendra Kumar (SK) Sinha and ten others for allegedly embezzling Tk4 crore, pleaded not guilty.

The accused during submitting the statements in self-defence, pleaded not guilty and demanded justice from the court.

They also pleaded to allow them to submit written statements.

Allowing their pleas, Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam, of Dhaka Special Judge Court 4, set September 6 for submitting their statements in writing.

The others accused in the case are former Farmers Bank managing director AKM Shameem, first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, vice-presidents M Lutful Haque and Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty, bank clients Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, his uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha and Ranajit's wife Santi Roy.

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Dhaka Special Judge Court 4 on August 13, 2020, framed charges in the case.

ACC Director Benazir Ahmed had filed the charge-sheet in the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Qayes on December 10, 2019.

The court, however, on February 20, 2020, transferred the case to Dhaka Special Judge Court 4 for further proceedings.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case on July 10, 2019, for embezzling Tk4 crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.

According to the allegation, Md Shahjahan and Niranjan took the money on loan from then Farmers Bank, which was later transferred to justice Sinha's Sonali Bank account, showing it was earned from selling off his house.

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