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SK Sinha tainted judiciary to get asylum in US

Says law minister 
STAFF REPORTER

Law minister Anisul Huq yesterday alleged that former chief justice SK Sinha made false statements regarding the judiciary to get political asylum in the US. “SK Sinha gave false statements on the judiciary for getting political asylum in the US,” he said. The minister made the allegation while talking to reporters after inaugurating an app for the management of the Legal Aid Office at the Judicial Administrative Training Institute (JATI) in the city.

In response to a query, the minister said that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been investigating the allegations of corruption levelled against the former chief justice. A case has already been filed against SK Sinha at Shahbag police station. “Hence, I will not make any comments about the proceedings of the case,” he added.

Huq, however, said that action would be taken against the former chief justice in accordance with court directives, if there were any.

Earlier, on September 25, attorney general Mahbubey Alam, at a press briefing, alleged that SK Sinha had tarnished the image of the country’s judiciary. “SK Sinha made derogatory comments about his colleagues. This is unacceptable. By doing so, he tarnished the image of the judiciary,” he said.

“If we expose why Appellate Division judges refused to sit

with SK Sinha, it’ll spread bad odour and tarnish the judiciary’s image further,” he continued. Amid a row over some of his observations over the 16th Amendment Verdict, SK Sinha, the 21st Chief Justice of the country, went on leave on October 2 last and left for Australia on October 13 last year. Just before his departure, Sinha told reporters that he was not ill, contradicting the government’s claim that he went on leave on health grounds.

A day after Sinha left for Australia, the Supreme Court issued a statement saying SK Sinha was facing 11 charges, including those of graft, moral turpitude and money laundering.

On November 11, SK Sinha resigned from his post as the Chief Justice of Bangladesh. President Abdul Hamid received his resignation letter.

He has written a book titled ‘A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy’. In the book, he claimed that that he had been forced to step down.

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