Two more suits filed against Mahfuz Anam

Staff Correspondent

Two more defamation suits were filed against the Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam Gopalganj and Cox’s Bazar on Thursday while a Dhaka metropolitan magistrate’s court ordered the Kotowali police to investigate sedition charges against him after obtaining permission from the government and submit the report to the court by March 28.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Snigdha Rani Chakrobarty passed the order as assistant public prosecutor Md Mostafizur Rahman Dulal filed a complaint with the court against Mahfuz on sedition charges for publishing report on allegations of corruption gainst prime minister Sheikh Hasina supplied by a military intelligence during military-controlled interim regime in 2007-08.
In the petition, the complainant alleged that Mahfuz ran ‘false and distorted’ stories in the newspaper in an effort to efface Hasina from politics.
Numerous graft cases were filed against politicians during the 2007-08 military-backed emergency regime, he said.
Top politicians, including Sheikh Hasina and former prime minister Khaleda Zia were arrested on graft charges during the regime.
At a television talk-show on February 3, Mahfuz admitted his ‘big mistake’ by running uncorroborated stories fed by a military intelligence.
In those stories Hasina was accused of taking bribes.
Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy demanded that Mahfuz should to be tried for treason, which was echoed by several lawmakers in a parliament session.
The lawmakers also demanded that the newspaper be banned.
In Gopalganj, chief judicial magistrate Nusrat Jabeen Nimmi ordered the Gopalganj police officer-in-charge to investigate defamation charges against Mahfuz.
The complainant, Bangladesh Chhatra League district unit organising secretary Shariful Islam claimed Tk 10 crore in compensation for libelling Hasina by publishing the reports.
In Cox’s Bazar, senior judicial magistrate Arun Paul ordered the Cox’s Bazar police officer-in-charge to investigate defamation charges against Mahfuz.
The complainant, district Chhatra League president Ishtiaq Ahmed claimed Tk 50 crore in compensation for libelling Hasina.
On February 9, two defamation suits were filed against Mahfuz with courts in Khulna and Lakshmipur.

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