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Journo-lawyers scuffle at HC

Update : 12 Mar 2014, 07:56 AM

Journalists and lawyers have locked into a scuffle at the High Court on Wednesday morning.

The journalists got into a quarrel with the lawyers when lawyer Mamun Mahabub rudely questioned them about standing in the courtroom just before the proceedings of the bench of Justices Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed started.

At a stage of the quarrel they locked into a scuffle with each other around 10:55am, our correspondent Nazmus Sakib reports.

Later, Justices Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed left the courtroom because of the scuffle.

On March 2, the same bench on its own motion summoned Mizanur Rahman Khan, the Prothom Alo joint editor, for writing a column which questioned the anticipatory bails granted by the bench. The court also issued a contempt of court rule against its editor Matiur Rahman and Mizanur. 

At the outset of the second day hearing on the contempt rule, lawyer Rokanuddin drew the attention of the court to the statements of DRU, Dhaka University Journalists’ Association, Jagannath University Journalists’ Association and Barisal Division Journalists’ Association against the lawyer. 

Rokan on Thursday said: “There is no organisation to regulate the journalists. As a result, they write whatever they wish. They think themselves above the law. They discredit others after being bribed. They think themselves very powerful.”  

The court also issued a contempt of court rule against editors, publishers and printers of the two Bangla newspapers – the Samakal and the Naya Diganta – for publishing statements of several organisations which demanded apology from Rokanuddin Mahmud for his comments during Thursday's hearing.

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