Published:  03:45 AM, 05 December 2019

SK Sinha charged over loan scam

SK Sinha charged over loan scam

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has informed that evidence has been found about the involvement of former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha) with a loan scam of Tk 4 crore from now-defunct Farmers Bank.

A charge sheet naming 11 people, including SK Sinha, is going to be submitted to court. ACC Director General Sayeed Mahbub Khan told reporters on Wednesday that ACC has approved the charge sheet.

A case was filed against SK Sinha accusing him of embezzling Tk 4 crore through a bank loan disbursed in the names of two ordinary persons. Farmers Bank's audit committee chairman Mahbubul Haque Chishti has also been named on the charge sheet.

SK Sinha left Bangladesh two years ago through a lot of theatrics. Allegedly he got Tk 4 crore disbursed from Farmers Bank (now Padma Bank) in the names of two other persons. Allegations suggest that SK Sinha took the money in his own bank account.

ACC looked into the allegations and later a case was filed against 11 people including SK Sinha on 10 July 2019. The other 10 people sued over the matter are AKM Shameem, Gazi Salahuddin, Swapan Kumar Roy, Ziauddin Ahmed, Shafiuddin Askari, Lutful Haque, Mohammad Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Ranjit Chandra Saha and his wife Santri Roy.

SK Sinha came under controversy over the verdict revoking the constitution's sixteenth amendment and some observations. Later on, he went on leave to an overseas destination in October 2017.

He tendered his resignation from abroad. Currently he is residing in Canada.SK Sinha denied the allegations brought against him through a book which he wrote while staying in the United States.

He claimed in the book that he was forced to step down and go into exile. SK Sinha is facing allegations of corruption, money laundering, financial anomalies and moral turpitude.The title of the book he wrote is "A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy."

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