Amini sued for sedition | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 12, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 12, 2011

Amini sued for sedition

Police yesterday filed a sedition case with a Dhaka court against Mufti Fazlul Haq Amini, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), for making derogatory remarks about the country's constitution.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) Azizul Haq of Lalbagh Police Station yesterday filed the case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Dhaka.
On July 14, Amini reportedly told a meeting in the city's Lalbagh area that the recently amended constitution will be thrown in the dustbin. Two bangla dailies - Amar Desh and Amader Shomoy - published the comment the next day.
After yesterday's hearing, Metropolitan Magistrate Roksana Begum Happy ordered the OC to take legal action against the accused.
The OC got approval from the home ministry on July 26 prior to filing of the case.
As per Criminal Procedure Code provisions, prior approval from the home ministry is mandatory for bringing any sedition charge against any person.
Earlier on July 24, a Dhaka Judges' Court lawyer filed another sedition case against Amini on charge of making the same comment.
After its hearing, the court directed the Lalbagh OC to take legal action against Amini, subject to the home ministry's approval.
Meanwhile on July 20, a High Court bench directed Amini to appear before it on August 2 with an explanation for the same remarks about the constitution, following a writ petition filed by writer-columnist Shahriar Kabir.

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