Report against SK Sinha on August 4

The court fixed August 4 as the date for submitting the investigation report in the case against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar (SK) Sinha and his brother Anant Kumar Sinha. A case was filed with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) after finding a house in their name in the United States.

Monday (June 3) was the date for submitting the investigation report in the case. As the ACC report was not submitted on that day, Judge Mohammad Assamach Jaglul Hossain of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court set a new date.

A case was filed against SK Sinha and his brother Anant Kumar Sinha on March 31, 2022 after finding a three-storey house in New Jersey, USA. Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar Pradhan of the agency filed the case in the Integrated District Office-1 of the ACC. The case has been charged under Section 4(2) and 4(3) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2012 and Section 5(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947.

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According to Ejahar sources, on June 12, 2018, his brother Anant Kumar bought a three-storey house for SK Sinha for two lakh 80 thousand dollars (two crore 40 lakh 80 thousand taka in Bangladeshi currency at the time of 86 taka to the dollar). Before buying the house, Anant Sinha bought another house with a bank loan of 180 thousand dollars from the US government in installments of 30 years. Anant, a dentist by profession, bought the first house in installments of 30 years but bought the house for his brother in cash.

According to the case details, from March 5 to May 28, 2018, Anant Kumar Sinha deposited $60,000 as one of Valley National Bank located in Paterson, New Jersey. In the same account, one lakh 96 thousand 458 dollars was deposited from April 11 to June 20 of the same year from another source. The agency did not find any legitimate source for buying SK Sinha’s house or money laundering abroad.

According to ACC sources, SK Sinha smuggled the money he took as bribe on various occasions abroad.

Earlier, on November 9, 2021, Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 sentenced former Chief Justice SK Sinha to 11 years imprisonment. Among them, seven years in the money laundering case and four years in the embezzlement case. However, the judge mentioned in the 182-page judgment that the two sentences will run together. Besides, SK Sinha’s 78 lakh rupees was confiscated in favor of the state.