This is the ninth lawsuit the former caretaker government adviser is facing
Another defamation case, this one seeking Tk500 crore in damages, have been started against Barrister Mainul Hosein in Magura.
This is the ninth lawsuit the former caretaker government adviser is currently facing for verbally abusing female journalist Masuda Bhatti on a TV talk show last week.
Farida Rahman, the women affairs secretary of a Magura-based human rights organization, filed the case in the district’s Second Senior Judicial Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Judge Shompa Basu took the charges leveled against Mainul into cognizance.
Farida’s lawyer Sunny Ahmed said the way Mainul made offensive remarks targeting Masuda, during the talk show on October 16, it was disrespectful towards women in general and a violation of human rights.
Aggrieved by his behavior with the journalist, Farida lodged the Tk500-crore defamation case against Mainul, who is also the publisher of The New Nation newspaper and chief of its editorial board.
Police arrested Barrister Mainul from the residence of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab) President ASM Abdul Rab in Dhaka’s Uttara on Monday night, in a defamation case filed at a local court in Rangpur over the same charges.
A Dhaka court on Tuesday also rejected his bail petition and sent him to jail.
Over the past three days, the former MP was accused in seven other defamation cases filed at local courts in Dhaka, Jamalpur, Kurigram, Brahmanbaria, Bhola, Comilla and Cox’s Bazar.
On Sunday, facing arrest warrants, he secured advance bail from the High Court in the three cases filed in Dhaka, Jamalpur and Kurigram.
The courts in the other districts had also issued warrants for his arrest.
Mainul has been facing a firestorm of anger and criticism on both social and mass media since October 16 night, when he called Masuda Bhatti “characterless” on Ekattor Journal, a talk show which was aired live on private channel Ekattor TV.
He also hurled other abusive words at the female journalist, while shouting and telling her to ask questions like an “educated and gentle woman.”
Mainul’s verbal attack on Masuda started right after she said that many were calling him the Jamaat-e-Islami representative in Jatiya Oikya Front and asked whether it was true.