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15 November, 2017 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 November, 2017 01:32:39 AM

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BNP sees ominous sign in CJ resignation

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BNP sees ominous sign in CJ resignation

The BNP yesterday termed the acceptance of Chief Justice (CJ) Surendra Kumar Sinha’s resignation letter as an ominous sign for the judiciary. “We strongly protest the acceptance of the CJ's resignation letter by the President.

The CJ did not tender the resignation, rather he has been forced to resign in an unprecedented manner,” said BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain. Mosharraf Hossain was speaking at a discussion meeting at the National Press Club yesterday. “It's an ominous sign for the judiciary. The people will never accept the bad precedent set in the higher court,” he noted.

His comments came hours after the news that President Abdul Hamid had accepted the CJ’s resignation. Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal, a front organisation of the BNP, organised the meeting to mark 'National Revolution and Solidarity Day', with its general secretary Shamsuzzaman Dudu in the chair.

According to Bangababhan, the official residence of the President, CJ Surendra Kumar Sinha, who is now abroad, has resigned from his office. The CJ had sent his letter of resignation to Bangabhaban on Saturday morning, press secretary Joynal Abedin told reporters. The CJ went to Australia on October 13 on a month-long leave after facing heat from the ruling quarters regarding the Appellate Division verdict that scraped the 16th amendment to the Constitution.

Mosharraf Hossain said the ruling Awami League became annoyed with the CJ as the verdict termed the present Parliament as dysfunctional. The present Parliament is indeed dysfunctional as 154 MPs had been elected uncontested and people did not cast their votes for them, he added. “According to the Constitution, an MP should be elected by direct voting. But 154 persons were not elected by the people,” he claimed. The former minister alleged that the CJ has been forced to resign as the ruling party sensed that he may declare the present Parliament dysfunctional after returning to the country.

“We have come to know that after his return, the CJ would have heard the writ petition pending with the court over the legitimacy of 154 lawmakers. If the election of 154 lawmakers is declared illegal, the government will also automatically be declared illegal. That’s why the government forcibly sent him abroad on the pretext of sickness,” he said.

The former minister alleged that the government wants to enact a “jungle law” by establishing BAKSAL and destroying three pillars of the state. He demanded a free and fair election under a neutral government to overcome the situation. BNP leaders Ataur Rahman Dhali, Syed Mehdi Ahmed Rumi, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, MA Taher, Takdir Hossain Jasim, Jamaluddin Khan Milon and SK Sadi, among others, addressed the meeting.

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