Acting Chief Justice M Abdul Wahhab Miah held a full-court meeting with the judges of Appellate Division and High Court Division of the Supreme Court at the Judges’ Lounge on Monday, reports UNB.
At the meeting, the acting Chief Justice informed his colleagues about the background of the statement issued by the Supreme Court on Saturday.
Justice Wahhab told the meeting that had Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha not issued a statement before leaving for Australia, this situation would not have created, meeting sources said.
Five Appellate Division judges had declined to conduct the judicial activities with Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha as there are 11 specific allegations, including ‘moral turpitude and corruption’, against him, the Supreme Court said in a statement on Saturday.
An SC statement signed by its Registrar General Syed Aminul Islam said there are ‘documentary evidence of the allegations’.
It also termed the statement issued by SK Sinha while leaving his residence for Australia on Thursday night confusing.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha went to Australia on Friday night. Before leaving his residence for the airport, he handed over a letter to reporters where he claimed that he was fully well.
He had also expressed worry about the judiciary.
The Chief Justice went on a one-month leave beginning on September 3 on health grounds. Later, he extended his leave until November 11.
Senior-most judge of the Appellate Division Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah was appointed acting Chief Justice.
The Chief Justice was widely criticised by ministers and ruling party leaders for his observations made in the verdict that had annulled the 16th amendment to the Constitution.
SK Sinha assumed office on January 17, 2015 as the country’s 21st Chief Justice. He will go on retirement on January 31 next.