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Money laundering case against SK Sinha: HC questions bail of 4 accused

The High Court today questioned a lower court order that granted bail to four accused in a Tk 4 crore money laundering case against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.

The accused are: former vice presidents of Farmers Bank Ltd Md Lutfol Haque and Swapan Kumar Roy, and two businessmen Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha.

They secured bail from a Dhaka court on August 18 after they surrendered to the court in connection with the case.

Today, the HC issued a rule asking the state why the bail order to the four accused should not be scrapped.

The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel came up with the rule during a virtual hearing of a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission seeking cancellation of the bail order.

ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told The Daily Star there are specific allegations against Lutfol, Swapan, Shahjahan and Niranjan of laundering money and therefore, they cannot be granted bail in the case.

The ACC filed the case with its Segunbagicha office on July 10 last year against former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others on charge of laundering Tk 4 crore. Sinha, who is now in the United States, sent his resignation letter to the Bangabhaban on November 10, 2017 from abroad.

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