Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has submitted his resignation letter to the president’s office, press secretary to the President Md Joynal Abedin confirmed the information to the reporters Saturday. It’s yet to be known on which ground the Chief Justice has resigned as the press secretary was unable to disclose further details of the content of the resignation letter.
Earlier on October 3rd, CJ Sinha went on leave over health grounds and left for Australia on October 13. His leave expired Friday.
SK Sinha assumed office on January 17, 2015 as the country’s 21st Chief Justice. He was to go on retirement on January 31, 2018.
Upon expiration of Chief Justice’s leave, a number of media started reporting that he has submitted his resignation letter due to his ‘fallout’ with the incumbent Awami League government regarding his verdict on the 16th amendment decision.
Sinha was widely criticised by ministers and ruling party leaders for his observations made in the verdict that had annulled the 16th amendment to the Constitution.
Earlier on Saturday, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the President is yet to receive any resignation letter from Chief Justice Sinha.
“We’ve heard about Sinha’s resignation …we’re not sure as the President has not yet received any letter from Sinha,” said Quader while responding to a query from reporters over Sinha’s resignation after attending a programme at Dhaka University.
On Friday, the media learned that Chief Justice Sinha had left Australia to visit his other daughter in Canada. News of his resignation spread soon afterwards.