Thursday, 24th June 2021

Former chief justice SK Sinha seeks political asylum in Canada

Dhaka, July 26 (BAN/ AD): As per reports in Canadian news outlet The Star, SK Sinha is in Canada at Fort Erie and has sought a refugee claim on July 4. He has claimed that he was threatened for refusing to support political interference, which would give parliament greater power to axe dissenting judges.

SK Sinha 68 previously was in US since November 2017, three months after he rejected what he alleges was a request from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to rule in favour of her government’s constitutional amendment.

In a interview to The Star SK Sinha said “I was being targeted because I was an activist judge. I delivered judgments that provoked bureaucrats, the establishment, politicians and even terrorists.”

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had charged SK Sinha and 10 others with graft, money laundering and abuse of power. SK Sinha has refuted the charges. His US asylum claim is under consideration and his wife has also made a claim in Canada.

Sinha has claimed after meeting PM Hasina in Juy 2017 he was harassed by Bangladeshi intelligence agents, who allegedly forced him to take sick leave from his judicial post and put him under house arrest. He claimed he was also barred from having visitors while both he and his wife were under constant surveillance.

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