President accepts Chief Justice’s resignation
November 14th, 2017 at 12:38 pm
President accepts Chief Justice’s resignation

Dhaka – The resignation of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been accepted three days after he submitted the letter to the Bangabhaban, officials said on Tuesday.

President Abdul Hamid accepted the resignation on Monday night, the President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told local media.

The letter was sent to the Ministry of Law for the next course of action as per the law.

Sinha, who was accused over graft and money laundering, sent the resignation letter through Bangladesh mission in Singapore on November 10 as he had been travelling at that time. The resignation will be effective from the day he submitted the letter.

He was on leave since last month.

Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, the most senior judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, has been acting as Chief Justice after Sinha went on leave.

Sinha was criticised by the senior leaders of the ruling Awami League party after he made controversial remarks in verdict over a constitutional provision that allowed parliament to remove a judge for misconduct and inability.

The scrapping of the 16th constitutional amendment apparently restored the provision of Supreme Judicial Council for removal of the judges of the Supreme Court.

Sinha, prior to his who trip to Australia on October 13, told local media that he was not sick as the government earlier said that he was on leave on health ground.

The Supreme Court on October 14 in a statement said Sinha was facing 11 charges, including graft and money laundering.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party, an opposition outside parliament, accused the government of forcing him to take a leave and eventually to quit the judiciary.

The President is yet to appoint a new Chief Justice.