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Sinha’s tell-all book: Awami League, BNP weigh in

  • Published at 12:58 am September 21st, 2018
Focus Bangla
Left, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader and BNP Standing Committee member Nazrul Islam Khan at different programs in Dhaka on Thursday Focus Bangla

Justice Sinha, who resigned on November 10 last year while he was abroad, said in his book that he had stepped down and was exiled in the face of intimidation and threats from the current government

An autobiography of former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, titled “A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy,” was released on Sunday.

In the book, Justice Sinha wrote about his early life, appointment as the 21st chief justice, the separation of powers and the judiciary’s independence, the 16th constitutional amendment and its aftermath, ethical values of the judges and politicians, and the circumstances behind his resignation.

Justice Sinha, who resigned on November 10 last year while he was abroad, said in his book that he had stepped down and was exiled in the face of intimidation and threats from the current government.

He also said the military’s intelligence wing, Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), posed threats to his friends and family.

The book, right after it was released, drew mixed reactions from different quarters, including political parties.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said on Thursday that Justice Sinha made fictitious claims in his book that reflected a lot of envy.

“Everyone knows about the circumstances which led to him being a former chief justice. Now, he is writing made up things while being abroad. I don’t think it deserves any attention,” he added.

Obaidul, who is also the road transport and bridges minister, continued: “Why did he [Justice Sinha] not have the courage to say the things he is claiming now, back when he was the chief justice?

He said Justice Sinha’s claims had no relevance whatsoever and the people of the country should not believe any of it.

Meanwhile, BNP Standing Committee member Nazrul Islam Khan on Thursday said the contents of Justice Sinha’s book had exposed that Bangladesh’s judiciary has no “freedom.”

“What he wrote in his book proves the judiciary is not independent and the government and its different organs are controlling it through various tactics” he said, addressing a discussion held at the National Press Club in Dhaka.

The BNP leader said the government wanted to obliterate the opposition parties, freedom of the press, and the judiciary’s independence, only to cling to power.