An bench warrant has been issued against former Bangladesh judge Surendra Kumar Sinha for embezzling 40 million taka, court officials said on Sunday.
Surendra Kumar Sinha, who lives within the US, has been described as a “fugitive” by Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in its chargesheet.
Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of Dhaka’s Senior Special Judges” Court took cognizance of the graft charges brought against the previous judge “The judge ordered his arrest along side 10 others. He has been accused of misappropriating and laundering about 4 crore taka (USD 471,993) in 2016,” prosecutor Taposh Kumar Pal told reporters. The others accused within the scam are top officials.
Bangladesh’s anti-corruption body said Surendra Sinha and 10 others embezzled 40 million taka from Farmers Bank. Officials found evidence of fraud involving transactions of 40 million taka borrowed with fake documents by two businessmen from the bank while the quantity was deposited in Sinha’s account.
Surendra Sinha, who is claimed to possess sought asylum within the US, served because the 21st judge of Bangladesh from January, 2015 to November, 2017. The case came days after his newly-launched autobiography brought him in political spotlight over two years after he was forced to quit amid a row with the govt .
He was forced to resign in 2017 following intimidation and threats, drawing a pointy reaction from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who accused some anti-government newspapers of backing him.