Hours after Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain was appointed as the new chief justice of Bangladesh, Acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah has resigned from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.
President Md Abdul Hamid’s office received his resignation letter after Justice Miah tendered it on Friday evening, according to a source from the Supreme Court.
He also reportedly took back home his personal files and documents before noon.
The senior-most judge of the Appellate Division, Justice Miah had been performing as the acting chief justice since October 3.
He was made an additional judge to the High Court Division in 1999 and appointed permanent High Court judge in 2001. He was also elevated to the Appellate Division in 2011.
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Justice Hossain, the second senior most Appellate Division judge, will be sworn in as the 22nd chief justice at Bangabhaban in Dhaka at 6pm on Saturday, confirmed Press Secretary to the President Md Joynal Abedin earlier on Friday.
He said: “We are taking necessary preparations for Justice Hossain’s swearing-in ceremony.”
Law secretary ASM Md Jahirul Haq also said the president signed the file approving his appointment earlier in the day and a gazette notification was also issued later in this regard.
The post of the chief justice fell vacant when Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha resigned on November 10 last year after taking a leave of absence on health grounds in October.
Afterwards, Justice Miah was made the acting chief justice after Justice Sinha went abroad on leave. According to the age limit, Miah could have served till November 10, 2018.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters right after Justice Hossain's appointment, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the president appointed the new chief justice according to Article 95(1) of the constitution.
Expressing satisfaction over this appointment, Alam said it would accelerate the appointment of Supreme Court judges.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com