Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha forced to take leave, alleges Supreme Court Lawyers Association

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Supreme Court Lawyers Association alleged that Surendra Kumar Sinha has been forced to take leave for one-month. The Association President Zainul Abedin made the allegation at the emergency meeting at its office this morning. Zainul Abedin informed that the Chief Justice was scheduled to attend a reunion with the Judges but his absence was unprecedented on the plea of illness.

The full court meeting of the judges of High Court division and Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is being held at the Judges Lounge of the Supreme Court today. Acting Chief Justice Mohammad Abdul Wahab Miah called the meeting. In a notification issued by the Law Ministry, Senior Judge of Appellate Division Mohammad Abdul Wahab Miah took over the charge of Acting Chief Justice, after Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha went for one-month leave. The activities of Appellate Division began this morning led by Justice Abdul Wahab Miah.

Meanwhile, senior lawyers have described the incident of taking one-month leave of the Chief Justice as usual. Referring to the allegation of the Supreme Court Lawyers Association, they said the issue of creating pressure on the Chief Justice is baseless.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has said that the Chief Justice has taken one-month leave for cancer. Talking to newsmen this afternoon, he said, there is no link between scrapping of the Sixteenth Amendment to the constitution with his vacation. He also said, the allegation made by the Supreme Court Lawyers Association is politically motivated.

Law Minister Anisul Haque has said, the vacation of the Chief Justice granted on regular basis and so there is no scope for confusion in this regard. He said this while replying to queries of the newsmen over the leave of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha at the Secretariat today. The Minister informed that the Chief Justice took the vacation after informing the President about his various illnesses including cancer. Anisul Haque expressed the hope that the Chief Justice would join his duty immediately after the leave.

Indian Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley has arrived in Dhaka on a three-day visit. Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith received him at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport this afternoon. The two ministers will discuss on economic cooperation and development partnership initiative during the bilateral meeting. Besides loan agreement, AMA Muhith informed that, Rohingya issue would also come up in the discussion between the two countries.

Two lakh students of seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University and National University of the capital are in uncertainty due to lack of coordination. Honours results of final year of 2011-12 sessions were not published even after eight months. As a result, examinations of other years are being deferred while session jam is on the rise. Meanwhile, Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Akhtaruzzaman blamed absence of adequate facilities in this regard.

Officials of United Nations visiting Cox’s Bazar have mentioned that Rohingya issue is not a crisis but it is a major disaster. They became upset after viewing the barbaric torture on the Rohinbgyas at Rakhine by Mynmar army and local Buddhits. UN Under Secretary General on Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Affairs Mark Lokok and Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake informed this at a news conference at a local hotel this afternoon

Awami League General Secretary and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader claimed that Myanmar has been compelled to become flexible due to diplomatic efforts of the government. At a news conference at Cox’s Bazar today the Minister said, international pressure was created on Myanmar due to the success of government’s diplomatic initiatives. For this reason Myanmar is agreeing to take back its citizens. Obaidul Quader alleged that BNP has become bankrupt while doing negative politics.

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has said that the forming of Joint Working Group on the Rohingya issue is nothing but eyewash bypassing the United Nations. He made the comment at a news conference at the party central office at Nayapaltan today. Rizvi alleged that the government is trying to get international award by capitalising miseries of the Rohingyas. He further alleged that the Prime Minister has failed to resolve the Rohingya crisis even after attending UN session.

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