Dhaka: A Bangladeshi courtroom on Tuesday sentenced in absentia former prime decide Surendra Kumar Sinha, the nation’s first chief justice from the minority Hindu community, to 11 years in jail on two counts of graft in a case over cash laundering and breach of belief.
Dhaka Special Judge 4 Shaikh Nazmul Alam sentenced the previous chief justice, who presently lives in the United States, to seven years in jail for cash laundering and one other 4 years for legal breach of belief. The jail phrases will run concurrently.
“(Justice) SK Sinha is the principal beneficiary of the laundered money,” the courtroom stated in its verdict.
Sinha, 70, was sentenced to 11 years in jail in a case involving the laundering of Tk 4 crore (USD 4,70,000) taken in credit score from the Farmers Bank, now often called the Padma Bank. The judgment got here 4 years after Sinha resigned whereas on a go to overseas as the federal government alleged he was concerned in corrupt practices.
Sinha served because the twenty first Chief Justice of Bangladesh from January 2015 to November 2017. Sinha, Bangladesh’s first chief justice from the minority Hindu community, has alleged that he was pressured to resign as a result of he opposed Bangladesh’s incumbent “undemocratic” and “authoritarian” regime.
Among the ten others tried in the case, Tangail residents, Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha had been acquitted as the fees towards them weren’t confirmed.
The relaxation have been given totally different phrases of jail and slapped with fines. AKM Shamim, former managing director of Farmers Bank, has been jailed for 4 years and fined Tk 50,000.
Ranjit Chandra Saha, a private aide to Justice Sinha, and his spouse Shantri Roy obtained three years every and fined Tk 10,000. Five different former officers of Farmers Bank had been sentenced to three years in jail every and fined Tk 25,000. Other than Sinha, three others had been tried in absentia as they had been on the run.
According to the case assertion, the opposite accused managed to acquire a mortgage of Tk 4 crore (USD 4,70,000) utilizing solid paperwork and transferred the quantity to Sinha’s private account by means of pay-order.
The former chief justice later transferred the cash to one other account in money, cheques and pay-orders, an act which the prosecution stated was a punishable offence underneath the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) pressed expenses towards Sinha and the ten others, saying it discovered proof of fraud involving the transactions.
In his autobiography ‘A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy’, Sinha stated he was pressured to resign in 2017 following intimidation and threats, drawing a pointy response from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who had accused some anti-government newspapers of backing him.
In a media interview after the guide launch in Washington DC, Sinha had urged India to help the rule of legislation and democracy in Bangladesh.
The ACC final month filed one other case towards Sinha accusing him of abuse of workplace in getting a land plot in the luxurious Uttara space from the Dhaka metropolis improvement authority (RAJUK) the place he constructed a nine-storey constructing.
The graft physique additionally alleged that the cash spent for procuring the plot and setting up the constructing was ‘not earned by means of authorized means’. A Dhaka courtroom final 12 months indicted Sinha to be tried in absentia on graft expenses 5 months after an order was issued for his arrest.