Pro-AL lawyers demand resignation of CJ

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 22 Aug 2017, 20:14:56

Pro-AL lawyers demand resignation of CJ

The Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad demanded the resignation of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha within two days.

The forum also demanded to reverse the top court's verdict that annulled the 16th constitutional amendment.

Otherwise, the pro-Awami League lawyers' forum threatened to launch broader protests, reports

"With his irrelevant and unconstitutional observations in the verdict, the chief justice has attempted to question the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of our independence," said the forum's Member Secretary Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh.

He claimed that Justice Sinha's reference to Pakistan in response to criticism over the verdict amounts to browbeating the prime minister.

"It's unprecedented for a chief justice to warn the prime minister. It is tantamount to violating the oath of office," said Taposh, an MP from Dhaka. He called for the chief justice to step down by Aug 24.

On Sunday during a hearing, Chief Justice Sinha advised that the government should behave in a mature manner and not react sharply to the scrapping of the 16th amendment.

Referring to Pakistan’s top court disqualifying the prime minister from office, Justice Sinha said nothing happened there, indicating that no criticism or reactions followed the verdict.
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