CJ Sinha yet to return as leave ends

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 01:30, Nov 11,2017 | Updated: 01:32, Nov 11,2017

 
 
Chief Justice SK Sinha

Chief Justice SK Sinha — File photo

Chief Justice SK Sinha did not return to the country on Friday, when his 39-day leave ended.
The law ministry’s notification issued on October 12 said that the chief justice’s 30-day ‘sick leave’ from October 3 to November 1 was extended until November 10.
The notification had also 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.
An official, close to the chief justice, told New Age that Sinha left Singapore on Friday morning for Toronto in Canada by a China Southern Airlines flight and was scheduled to arrive at the Toronto Pearson International Airport at 3: 30am, according to Bangladesh time, on November 11.
He said that Justice Sinha’s younger daughter stays in Toronto.
The official said that Sinha stayed in Singapore for four days since October 6 leaving Australia where his eldest daughter lives.
On October 13, Justice Sinha left the country for Australia after taking a sudden 30-day leave amid severe criticism from the ruling Awami League leaders, including
the prime minister, over the Appellate Division’s 16th amendment verdict written by him.
While leaving the residence for Shahjalal International Airport on October 13, Justice Sinha told waiting reporters that he was going abroad for the time being and would return shortly. He left for the airport handing over the written statement to the reporters.
‘I am in sound health. But I am really embarrassed over the criticism of me by a political quarter, lawyers and especially by a few honourable ministers and the honourable prime minister over a verdict,’ he said in the statement.
On October 14, in an unprecedented statement Supreme Court’s registrar general Syed Aminul Islam said that five other Appellate Division judges declined to share bench with the chief justice as the president handed in to Appellate Division judges documents relating to 11 specific allegations against Justice Sinha.
According to statement, the allegations against chief justice Sinha include laundering money to foreign countries, financial irregularities, corruption and moral turpitude.
SK Sinha assumed office on January 17, 2015 as the country’s 21st chief justice. His retirement is scheduled for January 31, 2018. 

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