A Dhaka court on Sunday adjourned the hearing till March 3 of a case against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others for allegedly embezzling Taka four crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.
Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 passed the order as no prosecution witnesses appeared today before the court to testify.
Eighteen out of total 21 prosecution witnesses have testified in the case so far.
On August 13, Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 framed charges in the case.
Investigation Officer (IO) and ACC Director Benjir Ahmed 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 Taka four crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.
The other accused are former Farmers Bank managing director AKM Shameem, its first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, vice-president M Lutful Haque, bank’s entrepreneur director Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty, bank clients Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, his uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha and Ranajit’s wife Santee Roy.
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 of his (Sinha’s) house. Source: BSS