BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday alleged that Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha was forced to step down by sending government agency men abroad.
"You've observed the condition of the judiciary. The Chief Justice was forced to leave the country making him sick falsely. They now forced him to quit creating pressure on him sending their agency people abroad," she said.
The BNP chief made the allegation while delivering her speech at a rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital marking what the party said 'the civil-military uprising on November 7, 1975'.
Khaleda also alleged that Sinha tried to return home, but he was barred. "He was forced to step down mounting pressure on him."
She said the government took such action against Sinha as he spoke the truth.
"The Chief Justice had spoken the truth that the government had been controlling the lower judiciary and it was trying to control the higher judiciary as well blocking the way for ensuring justice for people. It's now proved that he was forced to quit as he had spoken the truth."
In her speech, the BNP Chairperson has once again made it clear that her party will not take part in the next general elections under the Awami League administration.
"A fair election is not possible with Hasina in power. I tell the chief election commissioner that it's your responsibility to hold a credible election in the country," she said, reiterating her demand for a 'neutral government' for the polls.
"You'll have to create the environment in which the people can exercise their voting rights without any fear," she said.
The BNP chief sought deployment of army with magistracy power for holding the next national election in a free and fair manner.
She also called for forging a national unity for bringing qualitative changes in politics.
According to her, there might be differences of opinion in multi-party democratic system, but all concerned should work together for the greater cause of national interest.