BNP senior leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed on Saturday alleged that Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha was forced to resign by mounting pressure on him in many ways.
“Bangladesh’s Chief Justice resigned today (Saturday). It’s a stigmatised incident for the judiciary and the independence of the court. He (Sinha) was forced to resign. The government has obliterated the remaining independence of the judiciary through it,” Moudud told a discussion.
Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Sangskritik Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’.
Moudud, also a former law minister, said the government took action against Sinha as the 16th amendment verdict went against it. “They did it being aggrieved over the country’s apex court verdict. The government could file a review petition against the verdict, but they harmed the judiciary with their coordinated personal attacks on Sinha.”
He further said, “We don’t know what the government has gained through Sinha’s resignation, but the entire nation has got badly affected. I’m in doubt whether we’ll be able to restore the dignity and quality of the judiciary.”
Mosharraf said they have come to know from the media and different sources that the Chief Justice has stepped down. “We’ve also heard that he (Sinha) came to Singapore for returning to the country, but he couldn’t do it. We’re very concerned over the matter.”
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “It’s unfortunate and shameful matter that the Chief Justice was sent on forced leave making him falsely sick and compelled him to quit by force.”
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said the government has got sacred that if Sinha remains as the Chief Justice, he may declare 154 MPs elected unopposed illegal. “He was forced to quit for that reason, we heard that.”
Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Nagorik Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club in memory of BNP standing committee member MK Anwar who died on October 24 last.
Amid various speculations and row over the Supreme Court’s 16th amendment verdict, Sinha, now abroad, finally stepped down.
President Abdul Hamid received his resignation letter, said his press secretary Joynal Abedin on Saturday.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha went on leave on October 3 on health ground and left for Australia on October 13 and his 39-day leave expired on Friday.