A gazette notification on Thursday announced that Appellate Division’s most senior judge Md Abdul Wahhab Miah would perform the functions of the chief justice until the return or rejoining of Justice SK Sinha.
The notification issued by law secretary ASSM Zahirul Haque said that the chief justice’s 30-day ‘sick leave’ from October 3 to November 1 was extended until November 10.
Earlier on October 2, by another gazette notification, the president assigned the functions of the chief justice to Justice Wahhab Miah.
On October 10, chief justice’s personal secretary Mohammad Anishur Rahman informed the president in a letter that Justice Sinha would travel abroad on October 13 or the nearest possible date and return on November 10 or the nearest possible date.
He also said that Justice Sinha would travel to Australia, United Kingdom, United States and Canada during his stay abroad.
Appellate Division’s registrar Md Zakir Hossain informed the president in another letter that the chief justice would travel abroad at his own cost as it would be his private visit.
The chief justice, now staying at his official residence taking a 30-day leave, and his spouse, got long-term Australian visas on October 5 to spend their time with their daughter living there.
Lawyers said that the chief justice was forced to go on leave under the government’s pressure following the recent Appellate Division verdict that had scrapped the 16th amendment to the constitution which had empowered parliament to remove Supreme Court judges for misbehaviour or incapacity.
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