IO’s testimony ends in graft case against former CJ Sinha

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published at 12:39am on April 02, 2021

Testimony of investigation officer and Anti-Corruption Commission director Benjir Ahmed ended on Thursday in a case filed against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others for allegedly embezzling Tk 4 crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.

Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 adjourned the hearing till April 20 as the defence failed to conclude the cross examination of the IO on Thursday.

Twenty out of the total 21 witnesses have so far testified in the case.

Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 on August 13 framed charges in the case. Investigation officer 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 in 2020, transferred the case to Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 for further proceedings. The ACC filed the case on July 10, 2019, for embezzling Tk 4 crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.

The other accused are former Farmers Bank managing director AKM Shameem, first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, vice-president 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 Shanti 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.