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Mirza Fakhrul gets bail in defamation case

Update : 23 Jun 2015, 07:53 PM

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case filed against him for allegedly making derogatory comments about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ataul Haque passed the order after hearing a bail petition filed by Fakhrul’s lawyer Md Sanaullah Miah in the case.

On September 8 last year, AB Siddique, president of pro-Awami League organisation Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad, filed the case against Mirza Fakhrul and BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.

In his statement, the complainant mentioned that on September 2, Tarique claimed at a seminar that Ziaur Rahman was the first president of Bangladesh, which is defamatory and a punishable offence.

On September 5, Mirza Fakhrul, at a programme in BNP’s Nayapaltan office, said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had used the words “Joy Pakistan” at the end of his March 7 speech in 1971, AB Siddique said.

On January 20 this year, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Anwar Sadat issued arrest warrant against the two accused after Paltan police station Officer-In-Charge (investigation) Tofail Ahmed submitted a probe report in the case. 

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