Court rejects plea to file case against Murad in Gaibandha

A Gaibandha court on Monday rejected a petition seeking its permission to file a case against former State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murad Hassan under the Digital Security Act (DSA) for his derogatory remarks against Zia family.

Gaibandha Chief Judicial Magistrate Ashiqul Khabir passed the order after hearing the petition.

Advocate Manjur Morshed, General Secretary of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum and organizing secretary of Gaibandha District unit BNP, on Sunday filed a petition against Murad and Mohammad Mohiuddin Helal alias Nahid, a Facebook live show host, under the Digital Security Act accusing him of making derogatory remarks against family of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.

According to the complaint, it was filed for making indecent comments about Zaima Rahman, granddaughter of Zia, and his family.

On December 7, Murad quit the cabinet following the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Murad had been under increasing criticism by various quarters for his disrespectful remarks on women in an interview on social media. Several audios and videos containing indecent remarks by Murad also went viral on social media during the last few days.

Meanwhile, a two-year-old phone conversation of the junior minister with actor Mamnun Hasan Emon and actress Mahiya Mahi recently went viral on social media. In that audio clip, Murad made “derogatory comments” on the actress, threatened her and gave her an alleged indecent proposal.

On December 8, a writ was filed with the High Court challenging the legality of Murad Hassan’s MP post on the same ground.

On December 12, advocate Omar Faruk, secretary of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum filed a case against Murad under DSA for his anti-women remarks with Dhaka Cyber Tribunal.

Murad was also stripped of the post of health and population affairs secretary of Jamalpur district unit Awami League for damaging the party’s image and breaching discipline.

Source: United News of Bangladesh