Stop throwing dusts on Australia-bound CJ
Ending or resting speculations, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha is all set to fly to Australia with his spouse on Friday on a 'forced or managed holiday', and spend time there with his elder daughter. But, the run-up to his flight from Dhaka has been littered with controversies, accusations, speculations and mind boggling stories being told by both the wise and fools alike.
In between, the country's incisive and often incredible politics and politicians took the floor showering insights, information and concern for the Bangladesh's judiciary and Bangladesh itself.
Some from the ruling party appeared to believe that, CJ's leave, applied with an erroneous letter and approved by President Abdul Hamid, was to thwart an embedded conspiracy to oust the government by using the Sinha card and playing it under the patronage of opposition BNP, which has been trying to cut PM Sheikh Hasina's rule abruptly short, but so far in vain. The conspiracy will not rest, many suspect, even after Sinha has left Bangladesh, because pulling string on everything in Bangladesh is possible from anywhere in the world.
But, we think CJ Sinha is not as bad as a person, nor would he be doing anything against the government -- which appointed him the CJ defying criticisms and reservations -- and the country. But, if he has fallen victim of a conspiracy hatched by others or stepped into a trap unwillingly or accidentally then perhaps he can do anything or sign any papers! This is where our fear lies.
Months before Sinha applied for leave -- which the AL said was looking for an escape and the BNP said was the government's plan to force him out of the country and eventually from the CJ's chair -- became rife within and outside the judiciary and for Bangladesh's acrimonious politicians. Sinha tenuously kept his silence, but, the Law Minister and Attorney General have been eloquent on the matter, thus confusing the people further.
The pro-BNP lawyers in the Supreme Court clambered over the CJ's 'forcible' ouster so that, he would not issue any verdict or sign anything, speculatively, about declaring the government illegal and dissolving the parliament. Experiences say nothing is impossible in Bangladesh. Therefore, many believe that, Sinha was not totally 'out of doubt'.
Only a few months remain before Sinha formally retires. Sending him off the country, if that's true, is a likely option to put him under guard while finding someone 'trustworthy' to take over. However, we wonder, would the 'conspiracy', back biting and exchange of scorns will come to an end with the end of Sinha saga? If it doesn't, the judiciary will likely face another slope, rumbling down on the people's hope for the rule of law and justice.