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Law minister: Justice Sinha intended to stage judicial coup

  • Published at 08:51 pm April 2nd, 2019
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File photo of Law Minister Anisul Huq and former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha Dhaka Tribune

The former chief justice resigned in November 2017 following a row with the government over the scrapping of the 16th constitutional amendment

Law Minister Anisul Huq has said that former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha had intended to stage a “judicial coup.”

“Two to two-and-a-half years’ time was wasted in tackling this (coup attempt),” he said at a coordination meeting with the officials of Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division at the secretariat in Dhaka on Tuesday, according to an official release issued.

The minister said that many development works were also hindered due to Justice Sinha.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had formed the legislative division realizing its necessity for the rule of law. “No law can go outside the purview of this division.”

Emphasizing the need for imparting higher training to legislative division officials abroad, Anisul said the ministry would take initiatives in this regard.

Justice Sinha resigned as the chief justice in November 2017 following a row with the government after the Supreme Court scrapped the 16th constitutional amendment, stripping the parliament of its power to impeach apex court judges.

He had also drawn criticism from the ruling party for his observations made in the verdict. After resigning, he moved to the United States after spending some time with his family in Australia.

At an event in Washington DC in September last year, Justice Sinha had also revealed that he sought political asylum in the US.

Last year, he had made headlines by publishing an autobiography, where he accused the incumbent Awami League-led government of “exiling” him after he had resigned “in the face of intimidation and threats.”