Chief Justice Sinha finally quits

cj-1 (730 x 430)DHAKA : Amid various speculations and row over the Supreme Court’s 16th amendment verdict, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, now abroad, has finally stepped down, reports UNB.

President Abdul Hamid received his resignation letter, said his press secretary Joynal Abedin on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the President is yet to receive any resignation letter from Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.
“We’ve heard about Sinha’s resignation …we’re not sure as the President has not yet received any letter from Sinha,” said Quader while responding to a query from reporters over Sinha’s resignation after attending a programme at Dhaka University.
Meanwhile, BNP senior leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed alleged that Sinha was forced to resign by mounting pressure on him in many ways.
“Bangladesh’s Chief Justice resigned today (Saturday). It’s a stigmatised incident for the judiciary and the independence of the court. He (Sinha) was forced to resign. The government has obliterated the remaining independence of the judiciary through it,” Moudud told a discussion.
Moudud, also a former law minister, said the government took action against Sinha as the 16th amendment verdict went against it. “They did it being aggrieved over the country’s apex court verdict. The government could file a review petition against the verdict, but they harmed the judiciary with their coordinated personal attacks on Sinha.”
Mosharraf said, “It’s unfortunate and shameful matter that the Chief Justice was sent on forced leave making him falsely sick and compelled him to quit by force.”
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said the government has got sacred that if Sinha remains as the Chief Justice, he may declare 154 MPs elected unopposed illegal. “That’s why he was forced to quit.”
Turning down BNP’s allegation, Law Minister Anisul Huq suggested the party not to create a fuss over the issue and try to fish in troubled waters. “There’s no scope to do it here as water is very clean. He (Sinha) sent the resignation letter from abroad. How could we force him to quit. These are impractical comments.”

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Talking to reporters at his Gulshan residence, Appellate Division senior most judge Md Abdul Wahhab Miah will remain the acting CJ as per the section 97 of the constitution until the new Chief Justice is appointed.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha went on leave on October 3 and left for Australia on October 13. Just before his departure, Sinha told reporters that he was not sick, contradicting the government claim that he went on leave on health ground. He also said he was not fleeing the country, but embarrassed’ due to criticism by the ruling party. “I’m the guardian of the judiciary. I’m leaving temporarily for the sake of the judiciary… I’ll return.”
A day after Sinha’s trip to Australia, the Supreme Court issued a statement saying the Chief Justice is facing 11 charges, including graft and money laundering. It also said five judges of the Appellate Division of the apex court declined to sit with Sinha in the bench for delivering justice following the allegations.
Talking to reporters the same day, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said rejoining the office of the CJ after his return from abroad is “a far cry.”
As Sinha went on leave, the government made Md Abdul Wahhab Miah the acting chief justice. The law ministry also issued a gazette notification in this regard.
Sinha’s leave expired on Friday but there was no update about his return.
On July 3 last, the Appellate Division, led by Sinha, upheld a High Court verdict that declared illegal the 16th amendment of the constitution scrapping the Jatiya Sangsad’s power to remove Supreme Court judges for incapacity or misconduct. Later on August 1, the Supreme Court released the 799-page text of the verdict after its six judges including Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha signed it.
Sinha was widely criticised by ministers and ruling party leaders for his observations made in the verdict. They also demanded his resignation.
SK Sinha assumed office on January 17, 2015 as the country’s 21st Chief Justice. He was the first non-Muslim chief justice in Muslim majority Bangladesh.
Sinha was supposed to go on retirement on January 31 next.
Talking to reporters at his Gulshan residence, Appellate Division senior most judge Md Abdul Wahhab Miah will remain the acting CJ as per the section 97 of the constitution until the new Chief Justice is appointed.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha went on leave on October 3 and left for Australia on October 13. Just before his departure, Sinha told reporters that he was not sick, contradicting the government claim that he went on leave on health ground. He also said he was not fleeing the country, but embarrassed’ due to criticism by the ruling party. “I’m the guardian of the judiciary. I’m leaving temporarily for the sake of the judiciary… I’ll return.”
A day after Sinha’s trip to Australia, the Supreme Court issued a statement saying the Chief Justice is facing 11 charges, including graft and money laundering. It also said five judges of the Appellate Division of the apex court declined to sit with Sinha in the bench for delivering justice following the allegations.
Talking to reporters the same day, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said rejoining the office of the CJ after his return from abroad is “a far cry.”
As Sinha went on leave, the government made Md Abdul Wahhab Miah the acting chief justice. The law ministry also issued a gazette notification in this regard.
Sinha’s leave expired on Friday but there was no update about his return.
On July 3 last, the Appellate Division, led by Sinha, upheld a High Court verdict that declared illegal the 16th amendment of the constitution scrapping the Jatiya Sangsad’s power to remove Supreme Court judges for incapacity or misconduct. Later on August 1, the Supreme Court released the 799-page text of the verdict after its six judges including Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha signed it.
Sinha was widely criticised by ministers and ruling party leaders for his observations made in the verdict. They also demanded his resignation.
SK Sinha assumed office on January 17, 2015 as the country’s 21st Chief Justice. He was the first non-Muslim chief justice in Muslim majority Bangladesh.
Sinha was supposed to go on retirement on January 31 next.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha went on leave on October 3 and left for Australia on October 13. Just before his departure, Sinha told reporters that he was not sick, contradicting the government claim that he went on leave on health ground. He also said he was not fleeing the country, but embarrassed’ due to criticism by the ruling party. “I’m the guardian of the judiciary. I’m leaving temporarily for the sake of the judiciary… I’ll return.”


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