Country Risk

Likely removal of Bangladesh chief justice risks wider confrontation between government and judiciary, and deteriorating relations with India

16 October 2017

Key Points

  • The ruling Awami League (AL) party probably intends to force the chief justice’s resignation by pressing corruption allegations against him, and intimidating the Supreme Court into ceasing its criticism of the government.
  • The forced resignation has the potential to trigger a broader confrontation between the judiciary and the government over the latter’s legitimacy.
  • The government’s dispute with the chief justice risks antagonising the US, the EU, and key ally India, leading to reduced diplomatic support and economic aid. However, sanctions are unlikely.


On 15 October, Bangladeshi Law Minister Anisul Huq said that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) would investigate money-laundering and corruption allegations against Supreme Court Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha; further details about the allegations have not yet been made public.

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