President Abdul Hamid has accepted the resignation letter of Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha in which he pleaded to resign from the post of Chief Justice.
Mohammad Joynal Abedin, Press Secretary of the President, has confirmed the matter to the media.
“Bangabhaban has already sent the letter to the Law Ministry following the President’s acceptance for taking the next course of action regarding the matter,” he said.
Earlier, on November 11, SK Sinha sent a resignation letter to the President which was letter confirmed by his Press Secretary.
On October 13, CJ SK Sinha left Dhaka for Sydney on medical grounds after a row with the government over the 16th amendment verdict.
In the verdict, the Supreme Court stripped Parliament of its power to remove apex court judges which did not sit well with the government.
However, it was the Chief Justice’s comments after the verdict that sparked the controversy.
Sinha had also criticized the Law Ministry for delaying publication of a gazette on the discipline and conduct of the lower court judges.
After these incidents, many a word was spoken by politicians and intellectuals regarding the issue which seeming saw the Chief Justice fall out with the government.
Then all of a sudden, the Chief Justice applied for a one-month leave on medical grounds, as claimed by the Law Minister.
However, just before leaving for Australia, at the airport, Sinha contradicted the claim, saying he was not ill.
The chief justice said that he was “quite embarrassed” about how a specific political quarter, including some ministers and the Prime Minister herself, had criticized him over one of his rulings – the 16th Amendment verdict.
On October 14, a day after Sinha left for Australia, five judges of the Appellate Division announced their unwillingness to continue working with him because of “11 gross allegations including money laundering, financial scam, corruptions, moral degradation against him.”
Moreover, the SC said that Sinha is facing 11 charges, including money laundering and corruption.
On the same day, the attorney general said Sinha’s rejoining the office of the CJ after his return from abroad is “a far cry”.