A Dhaka court yesterday dismissed the defamation case hours after a lawyer filed it against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Adviser HT Imam and three others for hurting religious sentiment of the Muslims.
Metropolitan Magistrate Mustafa Shahriar Khan dismissed the case saying, "The case was dismissed as there were no elements of defamation or hurting religious sentiment of the Muslims."
The three other defendants are Editor of the daily Naya Diganta Alamgir Mohiuddin, its Publisher Shamsul Huda and a reporter (unnamed) of Focus Bangla, a news agency.
Earlier in the morning, Advocate Mridha Mohammad Rashed Sarwar Palash filed the case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka against HT Imam and three others.
In his complaint, Palash mentioned that HT Imam, while addressing a conference titled 'Islamer Dristitey Juddhaparadhider Bichar' organised by Awami Ulema League as the chief guest at Diploma Engineers' Institution auditorium in the city on April 2, said Islam had been protected in Bangladesh by Awami League and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was its initiator.
The daily Naya Diganta published the report released by the Focus Bangla, a news agency, the following day.
The report had hurt the religious sentiment of Muslims in the country, the complainant said.
The complainant appealed to the court for issuance of arrest warrants against the defendants.