Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha had blamed the government with ‘false and fabricated’ allegation.
In his book titled ‘A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy’, the former chief justice claimed that he had resigned in the ‘face of intimidation and threats’.
Quader, also the general secretary of the ruling Awami League, has rejected Sinha’s claim saying, “We’re all aware of the context in which he had resigned from his post. He can write a fictitious book staying abroad but I don’t think we should talk about that.
The minister came up with the statement while talking to reporters at a press briefing in Dhaka on Thursday.
Saying that people become jealous when they lose power, the ruling party leader added, “Why couldn’t he say all this earlier as the chief justice? Now he was speaking about an old issue—that too, all fabricated.”
The chief justice went on leave in October, 2017 after facing the rage of the ruling party for the verdict cancelling the 16th constitutional amendment and some of his observations in the judgment.
The government then claimed that he was sick though the justice said he was physically ‘okay’.