Former Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been sentenced to 11 years in prison on corruption charges.
Sinha, a 70-year-old former chief justice, was sentenced to seven years in prison in a money laundering case and four years in a treason case for a total of 11 years.
Sinha had taken a loan of US 470,000 from the then Farmers Bank (now Padma Bank). He is then accused of transferring the money to another account through cash, check, and pay-order. Doing so is punishable under Bangladesh’s anti-corruption law.
Of the 10 people involved in the corruption case, Mohammad Shahjahan and Niranjan Chandra Saha have been cleared by the court. Former Chief Justice Sinha and others have been sentenced to different fines and jail terms by the court.
Sinha resigned as chief justice during a foreign trip four years ago after allegations of corruption surfaced. However, he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Bangladesh’s opposition.
Sinha is currently living in the United States. The court sentenced him in his absence.
Sinha became the first Chief Justice of Bangladesh from a minority Hindu community. He is the 21st Chief Justice of Bangladesh.