Bangladesh Chief Justice SK Sinha resigns today

Amid speculation over his return, Bangladesh chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha today tendered his resignation to President Abdul Hamid, The Daily Star reported.

This was announced by the President’s press secretary this afternoon.

However, the press secretary did not elaborate the reason behind Justice Sinha’s resignation.

Currently, Justice Sinha is abroad on leave on alleged health grounds since October 3, which expired yesterday.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said that till the President accepts the resignation, Justice Sinha will remain the chief justice.

Earlier, the government announced that Justice Sinha had taken one-month sick leave and appointed senior most judge Md Abdul Wahhab Miah as the Acting Chief Justice. Law Minister Anisul Huq had even claimed that Justice Sinha was suffering from cancer and therefore took one-month leave to travel abroad for treatment.

But in a written statement, Justice Sinha stated that he was fully fine.

Justice Sinha was appointed as the country’s 21st Chief Justice in January 2015 and he retires on 31 January next year.

He came under fire from some senior ministers and Awami League leaders after a seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court declared the 16th Amendment to the Constitution that empowered the parliament to impeach apex court judges, as null and void on 3 June.

Shyamal Bikash Chakma

Shyamal Bikash Chakma is Public Editor of The aPolitical and a PhD candidate in Development Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and recipient of the Felix Scholarship 2017.
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