First non-Muslim Chief Justice of Bangladesh resigns amid speculations of executive interference

The first non-Muslim Chief Justice of Bangladesh,Surendra Kumar Sinha, has resigned, purportedly under pressure from the executive, after he led the Supreme Court to a landmark verdict on judicial oversight and declared that the law passed by the Parliament that empowered the legislature to investigate and remove judges for incapacity and misconduct, was unconstitutional. A few days before his resignation, the former Chief Justice had been accused of money laundering and corruption, resulting in his sudden departure from the country. The developments in Bangladesh bode serious concerns about the independence of its judiciary.

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