A court in Madaripur summoned The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam in a fresh defamation case today, agencies report. Siddiqur Rahman Singh, senior vice-president of the district’s lawyers’ association, filed the case claiming Tk 10 crore in compensation.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Zakir Hossain issued summons to Anam to appear before it on March 6. This took the total number of lawsuits against Anam filed since February 9 to 70. Of them, 15 are pleas for sedition cases, while the rest are defamation suits.
The case galore began days after the Star editor at a talk show on February 3 made an introspective comment about a lapse in his editorial judgement in publishing a few reports, based on information given by the Task Force Interrogation Cell during the 2007-08 tenure of the last caretaker government, without being able to verify those independently.