President accepts Sinha’s resignation

Staff Correspondent | Published: 10:55, Nov 14,2017 | Updated: 11:48, Nov 14,2017


President Abdul Hamid has accepted the resignation letter of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.

'The president accepted the resignation letter,’ president’s press secretary Mohammad Joynal Abedin told New Age on Tuesday morning.

Earlier, on Friday last, Chief Justice SK Sinha resigned following several weeks of politically charged speculations over the possibility of his resuming office on return home from abroad after his leave was over. 

The Chief Justice went for 39 days leave from October 3 in the wake of severe criticisms from the ruling party leaders for the Appellate Division’s 16th amendment verdict written by him.

Justice Sinha left the country for Australia on October 13.

While leaving the residence for the airport, Justice Sinha told waiting reporters that he was going abroad for the time being and would return shortly. And, he left for the airport handing over the written statement to the reporters.

‘I am fully in sound health. But I am really embarrassed over the criticism against me by a political quarter, lawyers and especially a few honourable ministers and the honourable prime minister on a verdict,’ he said in the statement.

The chief justice and the government were at loggerheads for long over publishing Supreme Court-drafted disciplinary rules for lower court judges in official gazette.

SK Sinha assumed office on January 17, 2015 as the country’s 21st chief justice. His retirement was scheduled for January 31, 2018.


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