A ruling party lawmaker yesterday filed a Tk 10 crore defamation case in Feni against Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, editor of The Daily Observer, for publishing a report “tarnishing his image” on January 23.
Nizam Uddin Hazari, lawmaker from Feni-2 constituency and also Feni district AL general secretary, in the complaint filed with a court said Iqbal Sobhan, also the Information Adviser to the Prime Minister, being jealous of Hazari's fame published a news in his daily with the headline “Police await PM's order to crackdown on drug lords”, which tarnished his reputation.
The newspaper mentioned several lawmakers' names, including Hazari, and published their photographs only to “defame them”, the complainant said.
Four others, including a journalist of the English daily, were accused in the case, said Hazari's lawyer Anwarul Karim Faruq.
“The court took the case into cognisance, but did not pass any order immediately,” he said.