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HC asks 2 accused in graft case against ex-CJ to surrender

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The High Court here has ordered Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha, the two accused acquitted in the case of allegedly embezzling money from the then Farmers Bank and laundering it abroad, to surrender.

A High Court division bench comprising Justices M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order today.

The order was issued in response to an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against the acquittal of the two accused. At the same time, the court wanted to know why the verdict of acquittal of this accused would not be quashed.

ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan confirmed the matter to BSS.

On November 9 last, the court convicted and sentenced former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar (SK) Sinha to 11-year imprisonment in a case filed for embezzling Taka four crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.

Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 pronounced the judgment. On that day, Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha were acquitted by the court.

ACC filed the case in this regard on July 10, 2019, for embezzling Taka four crore from the then Farmers Bank and laundering the money abroad.

According to the allegation, Md Shahjahan and Niranjan took the money on loan from the 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.

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