Now Narail court summons ATN boss Mahfuzur

Dhaka, Jun 28 (bdnews24.com)

A Narail court on Thursday summoned the ATN boss for making ‘derogatory remarks’ about the Prime Minister.

Magistrate Mohammad Salehuzzaman of Narail Chief Judicial Magistrate Court ordered Mahfuzur Rahman to appear before him on Sep 5 following a libel suit by M M Qamruzzaman, Publicity Secretary of the ruling Awami League’s Narail Unit.

On May 30, he also said the slain couple, Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi, was a victim of an ‘extramarital affair’. He went on to remark on the their gruesome death in details that have hitherto not been made public.

Rahman drew flak from different quarters, including journalists, 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 every bedroom”.

“[Mahfuz’] remarks about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina are offensive and disgraceful. They have caused great harm to the country. ATN Bangla owner’s remarks are similar to sedition and warrants punishment,” the plaintiff’s lawyer, Sardar Mahbubur Rahman, told reporters after filling the case in Narail.

Meanwhile, another case was filed in Sylhet on Thursday agasint Mahfuzur Rahman for the same reason.

Akhlakh Ahmed Chowdhury, head of civic platform styled, ‘Public Interest Protection Committee’, filed the case at the Sylhet Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Thursday noon.

The court has accepted the case and ordered the Sylhet Kotwali Police chief to take proper action after investigation, plaintiff’s lawyer Bandhu Gopal Das told bdnews24.com’s Sylhet correspondent.