BNP on Friday alleged that the government is sending Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha abroad by force in order to establish full control over the judiciary.
Party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the allegation while talking to reporters after visiting ailing BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam.
"It's now clear to the entire nation that the government has taken steps to send the Chief Justice abroad by force. It's also clear to all that the government is making these efforts to control the judiciary," he said.
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He claimed that the government made the move against Sinha because of the chief justice’s role in cancelling the 16th amendment and unveiling the truth on the current situation of the country in the verdict. "The government can't accept and tolerate the verdict as they think it may put them in trouble."
Fakhrul also questioned why the government is not allowing the chief justice to clarify his position on his leave, sickness and tour abroad. "I think the government should allow the Chief Justice to talk about it," he said.
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"But we're getting information from the newspapers, social media and other sources that he is being sent abroad by force. Indian media also ran news on it," Fakhrul added.
Earlier on Thursday, Law Minister Anisul Huq said the government only followed Sinha's wishes in issuing the executive order on the leave, its extension and his move to go abroad.
He also said the chief justice is scheduled to leave the country for Australia on Friday and return home on November 10.