Graft charges against SK Sinha: ACC quizzes six Farmers Bank officials

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26 September, 2018 13:31 PM

Graft charges against SK Sinha: ACC quizzes six Farmers Bank officials

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The authorities of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) are quizzing former Farmers Bank managing director AKM Shameem and five other officials over reinjection of Tk 4 crore allegedly deposited in a bank account of former chief justice SK Sinha.

Notices regarding the questioning have been sent yesterday to the six people asking them to appear before the commission at its headquarters in the capital today.

The five others are the private bank’s Vice-President Md Lutful Hoque, First Vice-President Swapan Kumar Roy, Senior Executive Vice-President Gazi Salahuddin, Assistant Vice-President Shafiuddin Ashkari Ahmed and Executive Officer Umme Salma Sultana.

ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood said: “The search is on to find evidence of alleged corruption by the former chief justice, the ACC will not sue anyone without finding out the legal evidence.”

The ACC has launched an inquiry into the anonymous complaint on April 25.

Earlier yesterday, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha had tarnished the image of the country’s judiciary by making some comments on the judiciary system in his newly published book- A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy.

Former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha is now living in the USA and he has written a book titled ‘A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy’ where he claimed that he was forced to step down last year.

In the book, Justice Sinha said he resigned in the face of intimidation and threats from the government.

Justice Sinha had to step down 81 days before the end of his term as the tension began on September 17, 2014 when the Bangladesh parliament amended the constitution to provide the power of impeaching judges to the members of parliament.

On November 11, SK Sinha resigned from his post while Justice Sinha would have retired on Jan 31, 2018.