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Nephew testifies in graft case against SK Sinha

January 14, 2021 00:00:00

Shankhajit Sinha , a nephew of former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, on Tuesday testified in a case against him and 10 others for allegedly embezzling Tk 40 million (four crore) from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad, reports BSS.

Shankhajit Sinha testified as prosecution witness (PW)-16 and was cross-examined by the defence afterwards.

Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge's Court-4 after that adjourned the hearing till February 2. Sixteen prosecution witnesses out of the total 21 have so far testified in the case.

Dhaka Special Judge's Court-4 on August 13 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's Court-4 for further proceedings.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case on July 10, 2019, for embezzling Tk 40 million 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 M Lutful Haque, bank's entrepreneur director Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty, bank's clients Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, his uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha, and Ranajit's wife Santree 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.

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