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Bangladesh former Chief Justice sued on criminal charges

AFTER months of investigation, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Director Syed Iqbal as plaintiff filed the case with the anti-graft watchdog’s headquarters at the capital’s Segun Bagicha on July 10, 2019.

The other accused in the case are – KM Shamim, former managing director of Farmers Bank, renamed Padma Bank, former Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) Gazi Salauddin, first vice president Swapon Kumar Ray, senior vice president Md Ziauddin Ahmed, first vice president Shafiuddin Askary, vice president Md Lutful Haque, Tangail residents Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, Ranjit Chandra Saha and his wife Shanti Ray.

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In October 2018, ACC Chairman revealed the commission found ‘evidence’ of fraud involving transactions of Tk 40 million borrowed by two so-called businessmen, Shahjahan and Niranjan, from Farmers Bank.

The ACC later launched an investigation over allegations that the fund was deposited in Sinha’s bank account, credited as the proceeds of the sale of his house.

Sinha fled the country in 2017 as he sensed of an ongoing investigation into the series of allegations of corruption, bribery, etc., brought against him and his accomplices. While on run, he submitted resignation at the Bangladesh mission in Singapore and then first fled to Canada and then went to the United States, where he managed asylum with fabricated stories.

There have been at least 11 specific charges, including corruption, money laundering, financial irregularities, and moral turpitude against this controversial former Chief Justice.

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Surendra Kumar Sinha has publicly confessed of his alliance with the Pakistani occupation forces during the war of independence of Bangladesh. He had also tried to wrongly influence the verdict into the appeals filed by several war criminals including Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a known agent of Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence.

Sinha met relatives of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in London and agreed to acquit him from the capital punishment in exchange for a huge amount of cash.
He was the first Bangladeshi chief justice to resign the post in faces of numerous allegations including corruption, money laundering, financial irregularities, and moral turpitude.

Sinha maintains deeper relations with some of the top brasses of Jamaat e Islami while he also is under regular contact of Pakistani spy agency ISI.