A case was filed against Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the Bangla daily Amar Desh, on charge of making “derogatory comments” allegedly about Bangladesh, India and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu.
AB Siddique, president of Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami league organisation, filed the case with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court
After recording the plaintiff’s statement, Metropolitan Magistrate AKM Moinuddin Siddique ordered Tejgaon police station to submit a report to the court following an investigation into the allegations.
While addressing an event at a Bogra hotel on March 1, Mahmudur Rahman said Information Minister Inu is a godfather of terrorism and he is an importer of terrorism in Bangladesh.
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“At present, there is no freedom and democracy in the country. A fascist government is now in power. The judiciary, police, Rapid Action Battalion and administrative divisions are under the grip of the government. And the media and all departments are being forced to comply with Sheikh Hasina’s orders,” AB Siddique said in his case statement.
He also said: “Mahmudur Rahman had said the freedom of press is now in the grip of India. Bangladeshi newspapers are running as per directives of New Delhi, and the editors are pro-Indian journalists, who publish reports according to New Delhi’s suggestions.
“These remarks, which were published in different portals at the time and are still available on YouTube, tarnished the honour of the governments of Bangladesh and India.”
Earlier, in December last year, a barrage of lawsuits were lodged against the Amar Desh acting editor with police stations across the country reportedly for making derogatory comments about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family.