The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has now sued former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha for abusing the power of his position and securing the allotment of a plot of land from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Rajuk).
SK Sinha, who now lives abroad, also faces charges of accumulating wealth illegally.
The corruption watchdog had earlier filed a case against the former chief justice in 2019 on charges of embezzling Tk4 crore from Farmers Bank (now Padma Bank), engaging in fraud and forgery. October 21 has been set for the verdict in the case.
In the new case, the ACC accuses SK Sinha of acquiring assets worth Tk7.14 crore fraudulently in the names of other people – his relatives in particular. However, no Rajuk official was accused in the case.
ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar Pradhan filed the case on Thursday with the organisation's Integrated District Office, Dhaka-1.
ACC Secretary Dr Md Anowar Hossain Howlader said the case had been filed as the allegations against SK Sinha were proved in an ACC investigation.
Asked why no Rajuk official was accused, he said if anyone was found involved in the investigation, they would be accused.
According to the case statement, SK Sinha had earlier received a plot of land in his own name from Rajuk, in Uttara residential area.
He purportedly later secured a three katha plot in Rajuk's Purbachal project in the name of his brother Narendra Kumar Sinha, using his power and influence. By the same token, he upgraded the plot to a five-katha one.
Apparently, transferring the plot from Purbachal, SK Sinha got a plot of land approved by Rajuk in Uttara's Sector-4 and paid a total of Tk75 lakh for it. He then later built a 9-storey building on the plot.
The statement further noted that investigation revealed the construction cost of the house was more than Tk6.31 crore, according to the report of a neutral engineer.
As such, the cost of construction of the building, including the price of the plot of land stands at over Tk7.6 crore. Of this, he received Tk70 lakh in advance from Khaleda Chowdhury against the sale of a flat.
Apart from that amount, he deposited the remaining more than Tk6.36 crore in the name of Shankhajit Singh, someone known to SK Sinha.
In other words, it is charged that SK Sinha has acquired assets worth over Tk7.14 crore in the names of his brother and relatives, abusing th power of his office and position. Transferring and converting the illegally earned money using the accounts of various individuals aiming to legalise the amount, SK Sinha has committed a punishable offense under the Anti-Corruption Commission Act and the Money Laundering Prevention Act, the case statement said.
Chargesheet against Nazmul Huda for filing false case against SK Sinha
The ACC on Thursday approved a charge-sheet against former communications minister Barrister Nazmul Huda for allegedly filing a case against former Justice SK Sinha using false information.
In February 2020, ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain filed the case after Nazmul Huda's bribery allegation against SK Sinha was proved to be "false".