Dhaka – Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah has been made acting chief justice of Bangladesh after Surendra Kumar Sinha went on leave for a month on ‘health ground’.
Miah called a full court meeting for Tuesday afternoon with the participation of judges from both the Appellate Division and High Court division.
President Abdul Hamid approved the leave petition filed by Sinha, fow remarks of whom centering verdict in a constitutional amendment caused political uproar.
A notification issued Monday night by the ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs said Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, a senior judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, will discharge the duties of the Chief Justice.
Sinha went on a month long leave from Tuesday.
Justice Wahhab and four other judges of the appellate division of the Supreme Court today heard several cases for around an hour from 9:05am.
Miah headed the Appellate Division as it resumes its session in the absence of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. He also headed temporarily the court during the chief justice’s overseas trips.
Sinha’s last workday prior to the court recess was on August 24.
The President has appointed Sinha as chief justice of the Supreme Court on January 17, 2015. His tenure is scheduled to end on January 31, 2018.
Ruling Bangladesh Awami League party criticized the chief justice over his controversial observations in the verdict of the 16th constitutional amendment.
The constitutional amendment, which had empowered parliament to remove a judge of the Supreme Court on inability or misconduct, was scrapped by the court headed by Sinha.
Pro-government lawyers had demanded his resignation.