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The galore of lawsuits came days after the Star editor regretted at a television talk show on February 3 about a lapse in his editorial judgement.

10 more cases against Star editor

Ten more cases including three sedition pleas were filed against The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam today in 10 districts.
Acting on petitions filed seeking to bring sedition charges against Anam in Kurigram and Tangail, the court ordered local police to seek permission from the government and run inquiry into the allegations.
In the case of seven defamation cases, courts in Natore, Khagrachhari, Chapainawabganj and Rangpur issued summons on Anam after taking the cases into cognisance.
With these cases, a total of 28 cases have been filed so far. Five among these are complaints seeking to sue Anam for sedition.
The galore of lawsuits came days after the Star editor regretted at a television talk show on February 3 about a lapse in his editorial judgement in publishing a few reports based on information supplied by task force intelligence cell during caretaker government regime in 2007 without being able to verify independently.
In Kurigram, advocate Md Ruhul Amin Dulal, convener of district Jubo League unit, sought to sue Anam in a sedition case. Judge Maksudur Rahman of Additional Judicial Magistrate Court told officer-in-charge of Sadar police station to probe after taking permission from the home ministry.
In Rajshahi, Abdus Salam, a public prosecutor of Metropolitan Judge’s Court and president of Mohonpur Upazila AL, submitted a plea to bring sedition charges. Rajshahi Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court ordered OC of Boalia Police Station to investigate the allegation.
In Tangail, Advocate Joaherul Islam Islam, general secretary of district unit AL, brought sedition complaint and demanded Tk 100 crore in compensation from Anam.
Judge Md Aminul Islam of Senior Judicial Magistrate Court told OC of Tangail Model Police Station to investigate and report after taking permission from the government.
In Rangpur, organising secretary of Awami League’s district unit Motahar Hossain Moula filed a Tk 100 crore defamation case against Anam. Rangpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Mostaque Ahmed summoned Mahfuz Anam to appear before it on March 1.
In Chapainawabganj, Ejabul Haque Buli, treasurer of Sadar unit Awami League, filed a libel suit against Anam. Senior Judicial Magistrate Nur Nabi issued a summon for Anam to appear before it on April 28.
In Khagrachhari, Teko Chakma, district unit president of Chhatra League, sued Anam in a Tk 10 crore libel suit. Chief Judicial Magistrate Abu Sufian Md Noman summoned Anam on March 16, said plaintiff’s lawyer Nazrul Islam.
In Sylhet, Swechchhasebak League president of district unit Afsar Aziz Khan filed a Tk 150-crore defamation case. Judge Kudrati Khuda of Sylhet Judicial Magistrate Court-4 ordered an executive magistrate to probe the allegation and submit report in 15 days.
In Sunamganj, Syed Abdul Kashem, organising secretary of Awami League’s United Kingdom unit, filed a defamation case seeking Tk 100 crore in compensation. Judge Shahidul Islam took the suit into cognisanse.
In Cox’s Bazar, ex-Moheshkhali municipality mayor Sarwar Azom filed a Tk 100 crore defamation suit. Senior Judicial Magistrate Arun Pal ordered the senior assistant superintendent of police to probe and report immediately.
In Natore, Alek Uddin Sheikh, joint secretary of ruling party’s Sadar upazila unit, filed a Tk 50 crore defamation suit. Acting Judicial Magistrate Shamsul Alamin ordered Anam to appear before it on March 30 after primary hearing, according to The Daily Star.

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