A Dhaka court today directed the authorities concerned to publish advertisement in newspaper asking 11 people including former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to appear before it in a graft case that involves suspicious loans from Farmers Bank.
Senior Special Judge KM Emrul Kayesh gave the order, ACC Public Prosecutor Jahangir Alam confirmed the matter.
On January 5, the same court issued arrest warrants against the accused persons after taking the charge sheet into cognizance and directed police to submit a report on the arrest warrants by January 22.
All the accused were shown absconders in the charge sheet.
The anti-graft commission on December 10 filed charge sheet in the case against the 11 including Sinha.
On July 10, the ACC filed a case against 11 people, including the ex-chief justice accusing them of accumulating illegal wealth and plundering Tk 4 crore by abusing power.
The other accused are- former Farmers Bank managing director AKM Shameem, first vice-presidents Swapan Kumar Roy and Shafiuddin Askaree, senior executive vice-president Gazi Salauddin, vice president M Lutful Haque, bank's entrepreneur director Md Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty, bank clients Md Shahjahan, Niranjan Chandra Saha, his uncle Ranajit Chandra Saha, and Ranajit's wife Santree Roy.
According to the allegation, Md Shahjahan and Niranjan took the money on loan from then Farmers Bank, which was later transferred to Justice Sinha's Sonali Bank account, showing it was earned from selling of his (Sinha's) house.