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Courts summon Latif Siddique

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Staff Reporter
Two separate courts in Dhaka on Wednesday summoned Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Latif Siddique for hurting the religious sentiment of Muslims with his derogatory comments over hajj.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Mizanur Rahman asked him to appear before the court and explain it in person on October 28 following a petition filed by Advocate ANM Abed Raja, former president of Dhaka Metropolitan Lawyers’ Association.
Besides, Judge Mohammad Rezaul Karim of the court asked the minister to appear before it on October 30 in a case filed by Badal Miah, a cattle-hide trader and a resident of Chawkbazar in Mawartek of the capital.
Latif Siddiqui made some derogatory remarks about hajj and Tablig Jamaat at a views-exchange meeting with expatriates from Tangail in New York on Sunday (Sept 28).
Earlier in the day, two separate cases were filed against the minister for hurting the religious sentiment of the Muslims through his comments.
At the views-exchange meeting in New York, Latif Siddiqui had also said: “During hajj, so much manpower is wasted. Over 20 lakh people have gone to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj. They’ve no work, no production and they only cause deduction.”
“Some 20 lakh Tablig Jamaat people get together annually who don’t do any work except halting traffic movement across the country,” he added.