A Dhaka court on Wednesday ordered authorities concerned to publish newspaper advertisement asking 11 people including former Chief Justice Surendra Kuman Sinha to appear before it in a graft case. Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Qayes passed the order, asking to submit report in this regard on February 20.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed the case on July 10, 2019, for embezzling Taka four crore from then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad. Today was set for submitting report on executing order to arrest the 11 accused. As the police submitted the report, the court ordered to publish the advertisement on two national dailies, asking them to surrender before the court.
The court on January 5 issued arrest warrant against them. The other accused are- former Farmers Bank managing director AKM Shameem, first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, senior executive vice-presidents Gazi Salauddin and Ziauddin Ahmed, and vice-president M Lutful Haque, bank 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.