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Mayor Taposh slaps Daily Star with legal notice seeking 100C in damages

The notice was sent to the Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam, Executive Editor Syed Ashfaqul Haque and writer Naziba Basher

Update : 07 Jun 2023, 06:36 PM

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh has served a legal notice to the Daily Star, seeking Tk100 crore in damages over allegations of defamation.

The notice was sent to the Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam, Executive Editor Syed Ashfaqul Haque, and writer Naziba Basher.

Confirming the news on Wednesday, Mayor Taposh's lawyer, Barrister Mezbahur Rahman, said the legal notice was sent via registered mail on Monday. 

He explained that a column was published in the Daily Star newspaper and online version that contained offensive remarks about Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh.

Furthermore, the column also made derogatory comments about the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor.

“Therefore, Mayor Taposh instructed me to take action, hence the legal notice was served to the Daily Star,” said Mezbahur Rahman.

Meanwhile, Daily Star in a written statement said that the content was not a report or a column as mentioned by the Mayor Taposh's representatives. Rather it is a satirical piece, which is a globally accepted and common practice in journalism.

It also said that the newspaper will provide its answer within the next two days.

Meanwhile, Mayor Taposh's lawyer Barrister Mezbahur Rahman said that the notice demands two things— the removal of the article from the online version, followed by a published apology, and a payment of Tk100 crore in damages. 

A seven-day deadline has been given in the notice. If no action is taken within this period, they will decide on the next course of action.

“If they do not take any action within this period, we will decide on the next course of action,” he added.

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