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Charge-sheet filed against former Chief Justice of Bangladesh S K Sinha in corruption case

Director of ACC Benjir Ahmed submitted the charge sheet to the Senior Special Judge’s court on Tuesday. The case against Justice S.K. Sinha relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Tk. 4 crore from Farmers Bank which was later renamed as Padma Bank.

Justice Sinha is the first non- Muslim Chief Justice of Bangladesh. He was appointed Chief Justice in January 2015. In September 2017 SC bench headed by him had given a judgement striking down the 16th constitutional amendment of Bangladesh which gave power to the parliament to remove justices of the Supreme Court.

The judgment created tension between him and the government.  He left Bangladesh for Australia in October 2017, three months before his retirement and sent his resignation in November 2017 from abroad.

After he left for Australia, the Supreme Court said that Justice Sinha had been facing 11 specific charges, including corruption and money laundering.

In his autobiography published last year Justice S.K. Sinha claimed that he stepped down as Chief Justice due to intimidation and threats. The allegations have been denied by the government.

He has sought political asylum in Canada in July this year. He is currently staying in US.