Watchdog to probe graft allegations against ex-Bangladesh chief justice  
October 3rd, 2018 at 2:57 pm
Watchdog to probe graft allegations against ex-Bangladesh chief justice  

Dhaka – Bangladesh’s anti-graft watchdog is poised to investigate allegations against former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha that he misused his authority and indulged him in corruption.

Iqbal Mahmud, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, said on Wednesday that he received a court order to look into the allegation.

The court on Monday ordered the commission to investigate the allegation after Nazmul Huda, a former minister of Bangladesh Nationalist Party government, filed a case against Sinha, who is now exiled in the United States.

Huda, now head of a small political party called Bangladesh National Alliance, filed the case against the former chief justice with Shabagh police station on September 27.

The ACC chairman said he would look into the allegations since the court sent them for inquiry.

“We have already launched an investigation into allegations against Sinha’s younger borther,” the head of the anti-graft watchdog said.

Ananta Kumar Sinha, the brother of the former chief justice, is accused of laundering Tk 2.3 crore to New Jersey of United States.

Justice Sinha, who resigned from the top position of the judiciary on November 10, recently came into discussion after his autobiography titled “A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy” published on September 16 in New York.

He wrote about circumstances behind his resignation among many other things in his biography.

Sinha sought political asylum in the United States as he feels risky to live in Bangladesh.