Acting Justice Wahab Miah urges all to work with integrity

Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, who is heading the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, in the absence of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, has urged all to work with integrity.

Justice Sinha has taken a month’s leave amid row over the court’s decision to dismiss the 16th constitutional amendment.

He came up with the call at a full-court meeting at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge.

The acting CJ said, “The Appellate Division bench constituted before the vacation will continue its activities and it will be reconstituted in phases.”

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court started today’s session at 9:05am with a five-member bench led by Justice Miah. The other members of the bench included Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Justice Muhammad Imman Ali, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice Mirza Hussain Haider.

Tuesday’s court session was scheduled to be done by 10am.

August 24 was Justice Sinha’s last workday prior to the court recess.

Justice Miah was made the acting head of the court by President Md Abdul Hamid. He will act the role during the chief justice’s two-week trip abroad on Sept 10.

A press release from the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs stated that the chief justice would take a 30-day leave for health reasons, from Oct 3 to Nov 1.

On January 17, 2015, Sinha was appointed as the chief justice of the Supreme Court. His term will end on Jan 31, 2018. He was harshly criticized by the ruling Awami League party and its allies over the 16th amendment verdict and some of the observations included in it.

After the Appellate Division’s return to session following a month-long recess, pro-Awami League lawyers had threatened to push for Sinha’s resignation.

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