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Defamation suit against Shakib Khan: Review petition filed against the actor’s acquittal

  • Published at 02:27 am June 11th, 2018

A review petition has been filed against the acquittal of film actor Shakib Khan in a case which was filed by an auto-rickshaw driver in Habiganj for giving his mobile phone number away in a film.

Plaintiff Izazul Miah filed the petition with the court of District and Sessions Judge Md Amjad Hossain on Sunday.

The judge accepted it and ordered the authorities concerned to submit the original trial documents from the lower court that let Shakib off.

Izazul’s lawyer MA Mazid said: “It’s not clear to us why Shakib Khan was acquitted from the case. Besides, Magistrate Shampa Jahan had accepted our no-confidence motion regarding the investigation report, but did not order a re-investigation following procedure.”

“Izazul was deprived of justice because of that,” he said.

Izazul filed the Tk50 lakh lawsuit against Shakib, director Bulbul Bishwas and producer Ashfaque Ahmed on October 29 last year, complaining that his life had turned upside down when in the film “Rajneeti,” Shakib's character “carelessly” said his phone number in a dialogue with the female lead actor, which coincidentally was Izazul's number.

Hailing from Jatrapasha village in the district’s Baniachong upazila, Izazul claimed he had suffered harassment and distress because of his mobile phone number was blatantly displayed on screen.

Shakib’s crazed fans believed it was the real phone number of Bangladesh’s “King Khan,” and they called the number to profess their admiration for their favourite actor.

Since the film got released on Eid-ul-Fitr last year, Izazul’s phone started ringing day and night. He claimed he had received 700-800 calls on average from Shakib's admirers every day.

The incessant calling destroyed the auto-rickshaw driver’s marriage; his wife left him as so many women were calling him, and took their infant daughter with her.

It affected his work too. Not being able to contact his phone since it was always engaged, his employer replaced him with another driver.

At his wit's end, Izazul then filed the lawsuit.