A Jhalakathi court has issued arrest warrants for Prothom Alo’s Editor Matiur Rahman and a photographer for ignoring summons in a case accusing the Bangla daily of hurting religious sentiments, report news agencies.
The plaintiff, a lawyer named Md Gani Amin Baklai, filed the case against Rahman and photographer Majid Khan under Sections 295 and 298 of the Penal Code in October last year.
Rahman and Khan did not turn up in court despite being summoned thrice.
District Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Arifuzzaman gave the order on Wednesday, said Additional Public Prosecutor M Alam Khan Kamal.
He fixed Feb 18 for the next hearing in the case and ordered the submission of a progress report on the warrant ahead of the hearing.
The plaintiff has submitted in court several Prothom Alo reports containing photographs.
Section 295 (A) of the Penal Code stipulates that whoever deliberately affronts religious feelings will be fined or imprisonment for up to two years.
Section 298 says an offender can be fined or jailed for maximum one year for deliberately saying things to hurt religious feelings.