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Bangladesh Chief Justice faces graft, money laundering charges

Bangladesh Chief Justice faces graft, money laundering charges”

Bangladesh's chief justice has been accused of serious crimes including corruption by the country's government, it emerged Saturday, as he departed for Australia expressing his fears for judicial independence in the nation.

He urged the judges to work sincerely and with honesty in order to uphold the image and dignity of the judiciary.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said he believes the charges, including money laundering and moral lapse, against Justice Sinha, "are based on evidence". If there is any truth to the allegations, cases will be filed against him and it will be investigated.

The country can not be run in such a situation, he added. The law minister earleir said the chief justice applied for the leave on health grounds while SK Sinha himself later said he was completely well.

Mr Sinha added he "firmly believes" his stance over a recent verdict was misinterpreted to the government, upsetting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina but expected her to realise the fact soon. "I'm fully well, but the way a political quarter, lawyers, and especially some honourable ministers of the government and the honourable prime minister are criticising me recently over a verdict made me embarrassed".

"It's now clear to the entire nation that the government has taken all the steps to send the chief justice overseas by force", he said.

Four other judges - Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice Mirza Hussain Haider - met the president.

He said: "The Anti Corruption Commission might investigate the matter as all the allegations brought against the chief justice are under their jurisdiction".

"If he fails to give satisfactory reply to the allegations, it would not be possible to conduct trial proceedings alongside him", reads the statement.

The appellate judges, according to the statement, later met Mr. Sinha at his residence.

A Supreme Court source said: Justice Wahhab Miah, who has been appointed by the president to head the court in the absence of the chief justice, has approved the change.



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