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President accepts SK Sinha’s resignation letter

Special Correspondent |
Update: 2017-11-14
President accepts SK Sinha’s resignation letter
Surendra Kumar Sinha (File photo)

DHAKA: President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday (November 14) accepted the letter of Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, seeking resignation from the post of Chief Justice of Bangladesh.

Sources from the president’s office said that the resignation letter was accepted in the morning.

It will be forwarded to the law ministry on Tuesday, for further action, they added.

Sinha submitted the resignation letter addressing the president, at the Bangladesh High commission in Singapore on Friday (November 10), while he was there en route to Canada from Australia.

The letter was received at Bangabhaban Saturday noon (November 11), said Joynal Abedin, the press secretary to Abdul Hamid.

Earlier, Sinha left Dhaka for Australia, on the night of October 13.
He was on official leave which ended on Friday.

However, on August, 1, the full text of the verdict of Appellate division of Supreme Court scrapping the 16th amendment to the constitution was published.

The order shifted a power to the Supreme Court Judicial Council after stripping it off the Member of Parliaments (MPs), to impeach the Supreme Court judges.

Pro-ruling party leaders, lawyers and ministers became enraged specially upon Surendra Kumar Sinha over his inspection upon the verdict. They even demanded resignation of him.

In her reaction while the verdict came out, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina then said that the court scrapped the amendment, going beyond its power as it was passed in the parliament.

BDST: 1155 HRS, NOV 14, 2017

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