Govt asked to explain why bails of 4 accused won’t be scrapped

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:59, Dec 01,2020


The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to explain in 10 days the legality of a Dhaka Fourth Special Judge’s court order that had granted bails to four people accused of helping former chief justice SK Sinha to obtain Tk four crore in loan from Farmers Bank allegedly by forging documents.

On August 18, the lower court granted bail to former Farmers Bank’s vice-president Md Lutful Haque,  the bank’s first vice president Swapan Kumar Roy, school teacher Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Shaha, nephew Shahjahan’s friend Ranjit Chandra Sinha.

The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel issued the ruling after hearing an application filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission on November 30 challenging the bail orders of the four persons, who were released from jail on the same day they had been granted bail.

The lower court granted bail to the four accused on the ground that the main accused in the loan scam case—Farmers Bank’s former managing director AKM Shamin and its former head of credit department Gazi Shalauddin— were granted bail earlier by the Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge’s Court.

ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told New Age that he was preparing to appeal challenging the bail granted to Shamin and Salauddin.

Five other accused, including Justice SK Sinha – now staying in the USA – remained absconding in the case.   

The ACC on July 10, 2019, filed the case against former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others and the charge sheet was submitted to the court on December 9, 2019.

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