BNP has protested the acceptance of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s resignation by President Abdul Hamid, saying it’s an ominous sign for the country.
“The President accepted the resignation letter of the Chief Justice who was unprecedentedly forced to quit. We strongly protest it as he (Sinha) didn’t resign willingly,” BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said on Tuesday.
While speaking at a discussion, Khandaker said the government set a bad example by forcing the Chief Justice to quit.
Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking what it said the ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’.
Earlier in the day, President Abdul Hamid accepted the resignation letter of the Chief Justice who resigned on Saturday.
Mosharraf said Awami League got angry with the Chief Justice as he described the current parliament as ‘dysfunctional’ one in the verdict of the 16th amendment.
“We’d heard that the Chief Justice was supposed to hold hearing on a writ petition challenging the legality of 154 MPs who were elected unopposed. That’s why the government in a heinous way sent him on forced leave making him falsely ill fearing he may declare the 154 MPs illegal,” he commented.
The BNP leader said the government is trying to establish its control on both the lower and the higher judiciary to restore ‘one-party’ Baksal rule indirectly.
Mosharraf said there is no alternative to installing a pro-people government through a fair and acceptable election to solve the current situation.
He warned that people will not allow the ruling party this time to hold another lopsided election like January-5, 2014 one.