President accepts Sinha’s resignation letter

President Abdul Hamid has accepted the resignation of Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, who has stepped down from the chair of Bangladesh’s chief justice.

was forwarded to law ministry for further action, president’s Press Secretary Mohammad Joynal Abedin told The Daily Star.

The resignation was effectuated from November 10, the date when the letter was signed. The letter reached Bangabhaban through Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore, he added.

The president’s press secretary however did not know the reason behind the resignation and whether the president has taken any initiative to appoint a new chief justice.

Sinha left for Australia on October 3, months ahead of his retirement in January and after the backlash from ruling quarter over Supreme Court’s verdict on 16th amendment.

Apart from saying that Sinha is suffering from cancer, the government has given permission to launch an investigation into 11 charges, including money laundering and graft, against him.

Political opposition came down hard on the government on this issue and alleged the government had forced him to take a leave, enraged over the 16th amendment verdict.

In his absence, Supreme Court Judge Abdul Wahhab Mia has been discharging the responsibilities of the chief justice.