BNP calls CJ SK Sinha’s resignation okaying ‘ominous’

BNP calls CJ SK Sinha’s resignation okaying ‘ominous’

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Dhaka – The BNP yesterday termed the acceptance of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s resignation letter as ominous sign for the judiciary.“We strongly protest the acceptance of the Chief Justice’s resignation letter by the President…He (Sinha) did not tender the resignation rather he has unprecedentedly been forced to resign,” said BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain while speaking at a discussion meeting at National Press Club.
“It is an ominous sign and scandalous for the nation. The countrymen will never accept the bad precedent which was set up in the higher court.”
His comments came hours after spreading the news that President Abdul Hamid accepted the the CJ’s resignation.
Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal, a front organization of the BNP, organized the meeting to mark the National Revolution and Solidarity Day with its general secretary Shamsuzzaman Dudu in the chair.
According to Bangababhan, the official residence of the President, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, who is now abroad resigned from his office. The CJ has sent the resignation letter to Bangabhaban Saturday morning, press secretary Joynal Abedin told reporters.
Earlier, the CJ went to Australia on October 13 on a month long leave in the face of pressure from the ruling quarters centering the Appellate Division verdict scraping the 16th amendment to the constitution.
Dr Mosharraf said the ruling Awami League annoyed to the CJ in his verdict termed the present Parliament dysfunctional.
He justified that the present Parliament is dysfunctional as 154 MPs had been elected uncontested and people did not cast their votes for them.
“According to the constitution, an MP should be elected by the direct votes of the people. But 154 persons were not elected by the people,” he claimed.
The former minister alleged that the CJ has been forced to resign sensing that after his return he may declare the Parliament dysfunctional.
“We have come to know that after the return the CJ would hear on the writ pending with the court over the legitimacy of 154 lawmakers. If the election of 154 lawmakers is declared illegal the government will also be illegal. That’s why the government forcibly sent him abroad showing him sick,” he said.
The former minister alleged that the government wants to enact “jungle law” by establishing BAKSAL by destroying three pillars of the state.
He demanded holding a free and fair election under a neutral government to overcome the situation and said the people would not allow January 5, 2014 like election.
BNP leaders—Ataur Rahman Dhali, Syed Mehdi Ahmed Rumi, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, MA Taher, Takdir Hossain Jasim, Jamaluddin Khan Milon and SK Sadi, among others, addressed the meeting. – Staff Reporter

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