Former Chief Justice SK Sinha gets 11-year jail in graft case

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Dhaka, Nov 09: A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced former Chief Justice SK Sinha to seven years in jail in a money laundering case.

He was also sentenced to four years in a case filed over the embezzlement of money.

Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka’s Special Judges’ Court-4 passed the order on Tuesday.

The other accused in the case are – former managing director of Farmers Bank (now Padma Bank) AKM Shamim, senior executive vice president Gazi Salahuddin, first vice-president Swapan Kumar Roy, senior vice-president Md Ziauddin Ahmed, first vice-president Safiuddin Ashkari, vice-president Md Lutful Haque, Tangail residents Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Ranjit Chandra Saha and, his wife, Santri Roy.

Another accused named Md Ziauddin Ahmed has been acquitted as he passed away.

Among the accused, SK Sinha, Safiuddin Ashkari, Ranjit Chandra Saha and, his wife, Santri Roy are absconding.

On July 10, 2019, ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed the case against SK Sinha and 10 others with its Integrated District Office-1 in Dhaka.

On December 8 the same year, ACC director Md Benjir Ahammad, also investigation officer of the case, pressed charges against the accused.

On August 13 last year, the court started the trial and framed charges against the accused in the corruption case.

SK Sinha resigned from his post on November 11, 2017, from abroad. He is now in the USA.