A sedition case was filed against Daily Amar Desh editor Mahmudur Rahman and publisher Hasmat Ali for publishing news report containing conversation between former ICT chairman Justice Nizamul Huq and law expert Ahmed Ziauddin over Skype.
International Crimes tribunal prosecutor Saidur Rahman filed the case with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on Thursday evening.
Taking the case into cognizance, Magistrate SM Ashiqur Rahman asked Tejgaon Thana Officer-in-Charge to take legal action against them.
Imposing a ban on the daily Amar Desh for publishing the leaked skype conversations, earlier, the High Court sought explanations why orders will not be issued to detain and try those behind the publication of an alleged conversation between a former ICT judge and an expatriate legal expert over Skype.
The bench of Justices AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury and Farid Ahmed issued the rule after hearing a petition submitted by a Supreme Court lawyer.
The court sought explanations in line with Article 43 (B) of the Constitution and sections 56 and 57 of the Information and Technology Act.
The court has directed the Ministry of Home Affairs, secretaries to home, law, information, post and telecommunications ministries, Supreme Court Registrar, Inspector General of Police, Deputy commissioner of Dhaka, Superintendent of Dhaka Police, Officer-in-Charge of Tejgaon Police Station to reply within two weeks.
Earlier the day, Mohammad Azhar Ullah moved the court in the wake of controversies following publications of a series of excerpts from the alleged conversation between former International Crimes Tribunal-1 chief Justice Mohammad Nizamul Huq and Brussels-based legal expert Ahmed Ziauddin. He sought actions against the daily for intrusions on privacy.
The bench also ordered the Executive Magistrate to initiate steps if the reports ran by the Bengali-language daily violated the Printing Presses and Publications Act.
The court also directed appropriate authorities to stop running 'offensive reports' based on information obtained by illegal means. It said the issue may be forwarded to the Press Council if necessary.
After issuing the rule, the court said, it was a dire crime to repeat a crime.
ICT-1 Chairman Nizamul Huq resigned on Tuesday in the wake of controversy. The Ministry of Law accepted his resignation on Thursday and reformed the tribunals.
Later the International
Crimes Tribunal-2 on Thursday issued an injunction against the entire
media to refrain from publishing or airing the leaked conversations
between Justice M Nizamul Huq and Dr Ahmed Ziauddin, a Bangladeshi living in Brussels.
The order of the three-member tribunal, headed by Justice Obaidul Hassan, came following a petition moved by prosecutor Rana Dasgupta.
The order also mentioned that the order took effect just after its pronouncement.
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