Smriti Sen Gupta
Months after seeking asylum in the United States in an unprecedentedly short time, Bangladesh’s former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha) in a dramatic bid has sought political asylum in Canada. According to Corriere Canadese (The Canada Courier) report, Mr. Sinha along with his wife Sushma Sinha arrived in Canada via the port of entry at Fort Eire and filed the request for admission as a refugee.
The report also added that as a young man, he lived the political struggles that come with seeking the appropriate balance between authority (power) and rights (human and political), the exercise of those rights and authorities in the context of equality before the law without regard to any particular ethnic, linguistic, cultural origins or religious ideologies.
According to a source in Washington, Sinha’s asylum application though had been granted, the US authorities rejected his wife’s asylum.
Sitting in the US, Mr. Sinha was maintaining regular contacts with some key figures of Jamaat e Islami while the party had funded the publication of a book written by him. As none of the publishers in the US showed interest in publishing the book, Sinha had later got it published through Amazon.
In September 2018, during the launching of his controversial book, which is mostly filled with lies and undocumented claims, Mr. Sinha said, he was living in the United States as a “refugee”.
He said, “Actually I don’t have any status right now. I would request the authorities here to help me to stay because my visa is expiring. I sought political asylum but no decision has been made”.
Sinha further said, “I am now living as a refugee in a free and independent environment. Human rights are protected in this country and we can speak out against wrongs and injustice”.
Publication ceremony of Sinha’s book was funded by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and for this reason, Mushfiqul Fazal Ansari, former press secretary to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was present as one of the key speakers.
Only a selected number of people were allowed to attend the program. Most of the major media outlets had ignored this event knowing Sinha was a controversial individual with connections with Jamaat.
It may be mentioned here that, last year Blitz had first exposed Surendra Kumar Sinha’s secret connections with Jamaat e Islami’s leaders.
Recently, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against SK Sinha on charges of corruption and money laundering.