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Court summon against Tarique a conspiracy: Fakhrul

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Staff reporter Denouncing a court summon against its senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman in a defamatory case, BNP on Monday claimed the move is a deep-rooted conspiracy by the government against him. In a statement, BNP spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Issuing the court summon after filing a case against Tarique is a deep-rooted conspiracy by this illegal government. The conspiratorial case and the subsequent summon has also reflected the all-pervasive vengeance of the regime. We strongly condemn and protest it.” Earlier in the day, a Dhaka court summoned Tarique Rahman asking him to appear before it on December 10 in connection with a Tk-100 crore defamation case filed against him on charge of calling Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a ‘Pakbandhu’ (Friend of Pakistan). On September 29, Tarique at a discussion held at York Hall in East London termed Sheikh Mujib a ‘Pakbandhu’. Fakhrul alleged that the government being envious of Tarique’s immense popularity has filed the case to politically harass and repress him. “With this, the government once again exposed its blind vengeful character.” He said the country’s current overall situation and the law and order also manifest that Bangladesh is now in deep trouble with misrule. The BNP leader observed that the government has made the administration and law forcers tyrants by using them like its political cadres to make its political gains and cling to power. “The prospect of having justice by people has diminished as this regime can’t tolerate true and fair statements. They feel the pinch if anyone comes up with facts,” he added. Fakhrul demanded the government immediately withdraw the ‘false’ case and the court summon against Tarique Rahman.