SC resumes operation under acting CJ

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DHAKA, Oct 3, 2017 (BSS) – The Supreme Court (SC) today resumed its regular activities under acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah after the end of 39-day break including government holidays, weekly holidays and regular vacation of the apex court.

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday sent a letter to President M Abdul Hamid regarding his leave for a month.

“As far as I know, the chief justice would go on leave from tomorrow. As he is going on leave, the next senior most judge in line at the apex court will observe duty as the acting chief justice,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said at a briefing at his office yesterday.

Law and Justice Division last night issued a gazette, saying the President has approved the chief justice’s plea seeking leave from October 3 to November 1 on health ground.

Signed by Law Secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque, the gazette said the President has given Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah the responsibility to act as the chief justice during the leave of Justice Sinha.

The Supreme Court went into the vacation on August 25, leaving two Chamber Judge Courts and 22 vacation benches to deal with the emergency matters at the Appellate Division and High Court Division respectively.

Meanwhile, 48 benches at the High Court division have been reconstituted, giving them specific judicial jurisdiction. Of the 48 benches, 14 are writ related benches, 23 criminal offences related benches and 11 are civil case related benches.

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