PM signs Justice Sinha’s letter to President for foreign trip

PM signs Justice Sinha’s letter to President for foreign trip

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Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has signed in the letter of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha that he wrote to the President, Abdul Hamid to go abroad.Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Anisul Huq disclosed this yesterday while talking to reporters after a meeting of the government purchase committee at the secretariat.
He further said since the President is yet to sign it since he is now out of Dhaka. “He (President) will convey his decision in this regard after his return to Dhaka,” he added.
“The Chief Justice takes leave of his own but if he wants to go abroad he has to inform it to the President through the ministry of law. That’s why the letter was sent to the law ministry,” he explained.
The Law Minister further said the reason behind sending the letter to law ministry is that according to the constitution the President appoints an acting Chief Justice in the absence of the Chief Justice.
He said all the government officials need to have a Government Order (GO) to go abroad. The Chief Justice sent the letter through his private secretary for the GO.
He said the letter has so far been signed by him, the Prime Minister and the President would take his decision after arrival from his hometown Kishoreganj.
Earlier, the Chief Justice, who went on a month-long leave on health ground, informed the President that he wants to stay in Australian from October 13 to November 10.
The CJ on Tuesday informed President Abdul Hamid about obtaining visa along with his wife Sushama Sinha to visit Australia. Surendra Kumar Sinha sent a letter to the president seeking permission to go to Australia for medical treatment. The letter was routed through the law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry.
The CH has planned to leave for Australia with his wife, Sushama Sinha, and stay at the residence of his elder daughter, Suchana Sinha, there.
Meanwhile, the CJ is under the treatment of doctors of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. He was referred to the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, for urine and blood tests. He also visited a dentist at Banani for a dental check-up.
The Chief Justice, who obtained three years visa from the Australian High Commission, is scheduled to go on retirement on January 31 next year. – Staff Reporter

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