A court in Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon sent newly floated opposition alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front organizer Mainul Hosein to jail in a case filed against him in Rangpur alleging that he had made ‘defamatory remarks’ about journalist Masuda Bhatti at a TV talk show on October 16.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Kaisarul Islam passed the order afternoon after the police produced him a day after he had been arrested by the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police from the Uttara residence of the Jatiyo Oikya Front leader ASM Abdur Rob Monday night.
Mainul was sent to Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj.
The court issued an order to forward documents relating to sending Mainil to jail to the court of Rangpur chief judicial magistrate.
On Tuesday, two new cases were filed against Mainul, one each at Magura and Mymensingh, New Age correspondents reported.
According to their reports one case was filed against him under the draconian Digital Security Act and the other case alleged that Mainul had defamed Masuda Bhatti.
Mymensingh district Awami League’s women affairs secretary Manira Sultana Mani lodged a case against Mainul with the Mymensingh additional chief judicial magistrate court under new Digital Security Act, said her lawyer Pijush Kanti Sarkar.
The other case was filed in the Magura senior judicial magistrate court 2 by rights activist Farida Rahman alleging that Mainul’s comments about Bhatti was derogatory for the entire women community.
Magura senior judicial magistrate Sampa Basu also issued a warrant in the afternoon to arrest Mainul.
At Tuesday’s hearing, defence lawyer Khondker Mahbub Hossain made a forceful plea to grant bail to Mainul on the ground that allegation made against him was a bailable offence.
He submitted that Mainul Hosein had every right to get bail.
But chief public prosecutor Abdullah Abu vehemently opposed Mainul Hosein’s bail application alleging that he committed ‘heinous offence’ by showing disrespect to a female journalist calling her ‘characterless’.
‘Though the section under which the case was lodged is bailable, the court has the jurisdiction to decide whether or not bail would be granted to him,’ submitted the CPP.
Plaintiff’s lawyer Kazi Nazibullah Hiru also opposed Mainul’s bail application on the plea that for showing disrespect to all the women a strong sentiment grew against him across the country.
At least seven cases have been filed against Mainul since he made the comments againt Masuda Bahtti, who herself filed the1st cast against him on October 21.
A Supreme Court Lawyer Mainul Hosein is the chairman of editorial board English daily The New Nation.
Mainul was the 2nd editor of Dainik Ittefaq, after the 1death of the 1st editor and his father Tafazzal Hossain Manik Mian.
On Monday, rights activist Mili Maya Begum filed the defamation case against Mainul in the Rangpur court of additional chief judicial magistrate Arifa Yasmin Mukta and shortly afterwards in the afternoon here court issued a warrant to arrest him, reports New Age correspondent in Rangpur.
On Sunday, Mainul got an ad interim bail in two defamation cases filed in Dhaka and Jamalpur.
At least nine cases had been filed against Mainul since October 21.
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