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Arrest warrant issued against Tarique

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Court Correspondent A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrant of arrest against BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman in a defamation case filed for his “disparaging remarks” against Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Dhaka Metropolitan magistrate Ataul Haque issued the arrest warrant upon a petition filed by complainant M Monir Khan, an assistant secretary of Bangladesh Awami League central sub-committee. The court also fixed January 29, 2015 for the concerned thana to submit an execution report on the arrest warrant. Earlier, on November 17, a Tk 100 crore defamation case was filed in a Dhaka CMM court against Tarique Rahman for his “disparaging remarks” on Bangabandhu. On the same day, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Rezaul Karim took cognizance of the defamation suit brought against Tarique by M Monir Khan after recording his statement and ordered the accused to appear before the court on December 10. In his statement, the complainant alleged that while addressing a discussion meeting organised by BNP’s UK unit at the Atrium Hall in London, Tarique Rahman had termed Bangabandhu as ‘Pakbandhu’ and claimed that Bangabandhu returned home carrying a Pakistani passport. “These remarks are defamatory not only to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, but also to his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his party Bangladesh Awami League,” the complainant said.