The government forced former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to resign before his tenure ended because he openly spoke about the shortcomings in the country's governance, said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday.
Speaking before a special court in Bakshibazar, Dhaka in the afternoon, the BNP chief said: “[Former] chief justice SK Sinha was forced to step down from his position. The ruling party began conspiring against him right after the Supreme Court verdict on the 16th Amendment. They could not hide their ire against him.”
The BNP chairperson went to the court to defend herself on the fifth day of trial in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases on Thursday.
She further said: “They [the government] publicly made offensive and humiliating comments about the chief justice. He was asked to resign because he gave a verdict criticizing the government. When a chief justice has face a fate like that, what chances do other judges have of delivering justice? How can the people have faith on the country's judiciary in this situation?
Earlier on several occasions, while presenting her defence statement in the graft cases before the court, Khaleda Zia spoke about the former chief justice and the criticisms against him.
She also alleged that the government was interfering in the country's judiciary system.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune