DHAKA: ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman has cancelled 49 names of journalists’ leaders and institutions from a petition seeking ad interim injunction so that the electronic and printing media could not publish, format or make any defamatory statement regarding his alleged involvement with Sagar-Runi murder.
After hearing First Joint District Court of Dhaka Fazle Elahi Buiyan granted the petition Wednesday.
In the case National Press Club, Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Ruhul Amin Gazi, Abdul Jalil Bhuiyan, Omar Faruk, Saban Mahmud, Shakhawat Hossain Badsha, Abdus Shahid and Baker Hossain were made defendants.
‘Sammilita Sangbadik Samaj’ will stage a sit-in programme and rally in front of ATN Bangla office on September 16 demanding arrest of ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman.
Bangladesh Federal Journalist Union (faction) President Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury made the announcement in a protest rally held in front of the National Press Club Tuesday.
Earlier, a Dhaka court dismissed the case filed by ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman against 59 journalists’ leaders and institutions to restrain them from holding a sit-in in front of his office in protesting his alleged involvement in Sagar-Runi murder.
On February 11, Sagar Sarowar, a news editor of Maasranga Television, and his wife Meherun Runi, a senior reporter of ATN Bangla, were found murdered at their West Rajabazar residence in the city.
After a hearing on the case, Judge Fazle Elahi Bhuiyan decided to pass an order on the issue later in the day.
Mahfuzur Rahman filed the case six days after journalists at a press conference demanded Mahfuzur’s arrest for his “alleged involvement” in the murder of the journalist couple.
On September 4, in a press conference, the newsmen announced to hold sit-ins and rallies in front of ATN Bangla office in the capital`s Karwan Bazar for September 16 and Jatiya Press Club premises for September 26.
On May 30, Mahfuzur, at a press briefing in London, claimed to have video footage that hinted at the motive behind the murder.
BDST: 1805 HRS, SEP 2012
Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor/ M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor/ SM Salahuddin, Output Editor
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