ACC starts probe into graft allegation against SK Sinha

Publish: 12:04 PM, October 3, 2018 | Update: 12:04:PM, October 3, 2018

DHAKA  – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman Iqbal Mahmood today said the national anti-graft agency has launched a probe into allegation of corruption and misusing of power raised against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.

“We launch investigation. The FIR (first information report of the case) is coming and we are going to appoint an investigation officer to this end. The investigation officer will scrutinise the mattermatter and there is no scope to go out of the purview of law,” he said while replying to a query at his office here.

Former BNP leader and chief of Bangladesh Nationalist Alliance, Barrister Nazmul Huda, filed a case against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha with Shahbagh Police Station on September 27 for allegedly being involved in
corruption and misuse of power while performing his duty as the chief justice.

Nazmul Huda alleged that Sinha had demanded Taka 3.25 crore as bribe after calling him in his room.

Shahbagh Police Station has sent the case to the ACC as the graft case is under jurisdiction of the national anti-graft watchdog.

On October 1, the ACC also formed a two-member team to conduct an inquiry into allegations of siphoning off money and amassing illegal wealth by Ananta Kumar Sinha, brother of SK Sinha.

The ACC team members – assistant director Md Gulshan Anwar and deputy assistant director Silvia Ferdous – are now conducting the inquiry into the allegations.

Earlier, the Commission received allegations that Ananta Kumar Sinha siphoned off money abroad and brought a house at cost of US$ 2.8 lakh in the state of New Jersey, the USA, and accumulated wealth through illegal means.