An Author Of Several Landmark Amendments

An Author Of Several Landmark Amendments
  • Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha(S.K. Sinha) has been appointed the 21st Chief Justice of Bangladesh.
  • The first non-Muslim to lead the country’s top judiciary, Justice Sinha is the first Chief Justice from the country’s ethnic minority Hindu community.
  • He was the senior-most judge of Appellate Division of the Supreme Court who was made the next Chief Justice.
  • The swearing-in of the new Chief Justice will take place on 17th January at the Bangabhaban presidential palace.
  • Justice Sinha will serve just over three years as the Chief Justice with his retirement due in early 2018.
  • Justice Sinha sat on the Appellate Division bench that heard the 13th amendment appeal of the Constitution and scrapped the provision for caretaker government system to oversee national elections.
  • He was also part of the bench that heard the 2009 appeals in the landmark assassination case of the country’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
  • Now 64, he has been an appeals judge in the ongoing war crimes trials linked to Bangladesh’s war of liberation against Pakistan in 1971.
  • His village home was recently set on fire, allegedly by Jamaat-e-Islami activists after he sat on an appeals case of a top Bangladesh war criminal.
  • During the period of his judgeship, Justice Sinha also delivered a number of landmark judgments.
  • One of his judgements  included the vital fifth amendment to the Constitution which declared the military rule of Gen. Ziaur Rahman illegal and unconstitutional.
  • Born in 1951, Justice Sinha hails from Tilokpur village of north-eastern Moulvibazar district.
  • As a  law graduate, he was enrolled as an advocate of the district court, Sylhet in 1974 and practised there for several years.
  • He was then enrolled as an advocate of the High Court and the Appellate Division in 1978 and 1990 respectively.
  • Justice Sinha was elevated as judge of the High Court on October 24, 1999 and as judge of the Appellate Division on July 16, 2009.