Chief justice SK Sinha and his spouse were on Thursday given five-year visas to enter Australia to spend a longer period with their youngest daughter living there, according to officials at the Supreme Court and the visa processing centre.
They said that chief justice and his wife Sushama Sinha, escorted by security personnel, went to the Australian Visa Application Centre in Delta Life Tower at Gulshan where their individual biometrics was collected to process their visa applications on the day.
They said that Justice Sinha and his wife stayed for half an hour from noon at the Visa Application Centre and returned to the residence.
He said that the chief justice visited Australia in 2016 when his daughter became mother.
The officer said that his eldest daughter is living in Canada where he visited in September.
Law minister Anisul Huq met the chief justice at his residence and stayed there half-an-hour from about 4:00pm, law ministry public relations officer Rezaul Karim told New Age.
The minister, however, declined to talk to the reporters waiting at the chief justice’s residence.
Later in the evening, Justice Sinha along with his wife performed Lakshmi Puja at Dhakeshwari national temple.
The chief justice applied for the visa within three days after the government issued an notification for the announcement of his 30-day ‘sick leave’ from November 3, when the Supreme Court reopened after 37-day vacation.
In the same notification issued Monday night, the government announced that Appellate Division senior most judge Md Abdul Wahhab Miah was assigned to discharge the duties and functions of the chief justice during the absence of justice Sinha.
Supreme Court Bar Association lawyers described the ‘sudden leave’ of the chief justice as part of the government’s pressure on him following the Appellate Division’s 16th amendment verdict that had prompted leaders of ruling Awami League, including prime minister Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, to criticise severely.
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