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SC exempts 5 in judge’s certificate forgery case

Update : 13 Mar 2014, 08:14 PM

In the contempt of court charge surrounding former judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee’s LLB certificate forgery, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday relieved five journalists and upheld the High Court conviction against two with some corrections.

The four-member apex court bench headed by Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana exempted the daily Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman, its former publisher Mahfuz Anam, the daily Bhorer Kagoj Publisher Saber Hossain Chowdhury and two reporters of the daily Prothom Alo – Ekramul Huq Bulbul and Masud Milad.

It, however, said the fine slapped on former Bhorer Kagoj editor Abed Khan would be revised. The High Court in its order on March 21, 2005 fined him Tk1,000 for publishing a report on the matter.

The bench also cancelled the two months’ imprisonment given to Bhorer Kagoj reporter Shamaresh Baidya. However, the fine of Tk1,000 will remain, and in case of failure to pay, the court said he would have to serve seven days in jail.

When asked, the reporter told the Dhaka Tribune that he might file a review petition against the order after getting the certified copy.

The court did not say specifically why the conviction of Abed Khan and Shamaresh had been upheld. However, lawyers said they were punished for publishing Faizee’s photograph along with the report.

On October 30, 2004, the two Bengali dailies published reports saying that the law qualification of Faizee was fake. To investigate the matter, the Supreme Judicial Council was formed in 2007. But Faizee resigned on July 12 the same year while investigation was underway.

During the hearing yesterday, Dr Kamal Hossain and Sara Hossain argued for the daily Prothom Alo, Rokanuddin Mahmud for Abed Khan and Samaresh Baidya while AM Aminuddin represented the daily Bhorer Kagoj. 

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