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Defamation case filed against Tarique, Fakhrul

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 Staff Reporter A defamation case was filed against BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for “derogatory” comments against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. AB Siddique, president of pro-Awami League organization Bangladesh Jono Netri Parishad, filed the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Erfanullah. After hearing, Md Erfanullah ordered the officer-in-charge of Paltan police station to investigate the allegations and submit the inquiry report by October 20. The complainant alleged that at a discussion on September 2, Tarique, who has been staying in London since 2008, claimed Ziaur Rahman as the country’s first president. Besides, complainant AB Siddique further alleged that on September 5, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ended his March 7, 1971 speech saying ‘Joy Pakistan’ and he didn’t make any announcement for independence, which was published in different national dailies on the following day. “Both (Tarique and Fakhrul) have distorted the history and tarnished the image of Bangabandhu by making the comments,” Siddique said in his complaint.