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Bangladesh's Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha forced to 'go on leave' over row with government

Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid has appointed Md Abdul Wahhab Miah as the acting chief justice, reports said. Photograph: (Agencies)

WION Web Team Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh Oct 09, 2017, 11.15 AM (IST)

Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, 66, has apparently been asked to "go on leave" over the country's contentious 16th Amendment. 

In June, a seven-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha had upheld the country's High Court judgement that had scrapped the 16 amendment which meant the country's Parliament no longer had the power to impeach judges of the apex court.

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The Supreme Court's move created fissures between Sheikh Hasina's government and Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.

Bangladeshi President Md Abdul Hamid has appointed Md Abdul Wahhab Miah as the acting chief justice, reports said.

Sinha has been out of the country to Canada and Japan for the past one month.

Bangladesh's court will open on Tuesdays after a month-long break. 

The 16th Amendment was passed by Bangladesh's Parliament three years ago empowering the members to impeach the top court judges for "incapability or misconduct via two-thirds majority".

However, last year Bangladesh's High Court declared the amendment "illegal".

The High Court in its judgement said,"The parliamentary mechanism for the removal of judges is an accident of history, though it is in vogue in some countries of the world."

The High Court said the people "would suffer" because of the 16th Amendment.

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