ATN chairman sued for saying PM ‘talkative’

The Daily Star June 27, 2012

A Jubo League leader filed a defamation case against ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman on Wednesday for making ‘derogatory remarks’ about the prime minister.

Metropolitan Magistrate Farhana Ferdous took the case into cognisance and set Thursday for passing an order on the issue.

Emdadul Haque Emdad, a leader of Dhaka City unit of Jubo League, filed the case with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s (CMM) Court in Dhaka against Mahfuzur around 11:00am.

The complainant also appealed to the court to issue arrest warrants against Mahfuzur for making ‘disgraceful comments’ against the PM.

Mahfuzur during a programme in London recently termed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina “talkative”. A private television channel telecast the report on Monday.

He made the comments on the same occasion when he remarked that journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi were victims of an “extramarital affair”.

Action must for any disgraceful words: Shahara

June 27 Print Edition

Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday said the government would take action after investigation if ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman had made any “disgraceful” comment against the prime minister and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).

“If he said anything against the prime minister, action will be taken,” she said following a discussion on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in the capital’s Osmani Smriti Auditorium.

Mahfuzur has recently called Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina “talkative” during a programme in London. A private television channel telecast a report on the speech on Monday.

During his London visit, he also remarked that the journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi were victims of an “extramarital affair”.

Shahara Khatun said misleading comments of journalists regarding Sagar-Runi killing were hampering the investigation. “If any such comments mislead people, we will take action.”

Talking about a recent attack on journalists, she said, “If you have allegations, you can file a case against the accused. We will take action.”

A handful of journalists of two private television stations owned by Mahfuzur Rahman attacked some journalists protesting Sagar-Runi killing at Jatiya Press Club on June 24.

Sagar and Runi were killed in their rented flat in the capital on February 11.


Dhaka, Jun 27 ( )

A Jubo League leader on Wednesday filed a defamation suit against private television ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman for making ‘derogatory remarks’ about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Emdadul Haque Emdad, a leader of ruling Awami League front’s Dhaka Metropolitan unit, filed the case against Mahfuzur Rahman at Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s (CMM) Court.

Metropolitan Magistrate Farhana Ferdous set Thursday for passing an order in the case after taking it into cognisance.

The ATN chief had commented on a wide range of issues during his visit to London last month. On May 30, he also said the slain couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi was a victim of ‘extramarital affair’.

Rahman drew flaks from journalists and various quarters who demanded his arrest for the offensive remarks.

The social networking websites were flooded with footage of his speech after another private TV channel Ekushey Television ran a report on Monday.

The footage showed Rahman calling the Prime Minister ‘talkative’ recalling her comment that “it was not possible for the government to guard anyone’s bedroom”.

Rahman added Hasina’s comment was a ‘mistake’ usually associated with busy people.

“I am a leader of Juba League’s metropolitan unit. Mahfuzur Rahman’s remarks have not only offended Awami League President Sheikh Hasina but I have also taken offcence,” Emdad told after filing the case.

When Home Minister Shahara Khatun’s attention had been drawn to Rahman’s remarks against Hasina, she had said, “Action will be taken against ATN Bangla owner if he is found to have made derogatory remarks against the Prime Minister.”

A similar libel suit was filed in Comilla district against the chief of the private TV channel.

Golam Mostafa Sharif, Joint General Secretary of Comilla Victoria College unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League, filed the case with the Comilla Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Metropolitan Magistrate Kawsar Ahmed directed the Officer-in-Charge of Comilla Kotwali Model Police Station to submit a report after an investigation into the matter.