The High Court today stayed the proceedings of 72 cases against The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam, agencies report. The court also issued a rule upon the authorities concerned of the government to explain as to why the initiation and continuation of the case proceedings should not be declared illegal.
The stay will continue till disposal of the rule. The High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq came up with the order and rule following a writ petition filed by the Star editor challenging the legality of the case proceedings.
Earlier, the High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain granted Anam bail. The case spree against the Star editor began days after he made an introspective comment at a TV talk show on February 3 about a lapse in his editorial judgment in publishing some reports, based on information given by the Taskforce Interrogation Cell during the 2007-08 caretaker government rule, without being able to verify those independently.
The cases against the Star editor have drawn condemnation from local and foreign journalists and their unions as well as human rights bodies.