Arrest warrant issued against two journos
A Cox's Bazar court has issued arrest warrants against two journalists for failing to appear before the court in relation to a defamation case.
Kaushik Ahmed Khandakar, senior judicial magistrate of Cox's Bazar Sadar court, issued the warrant on Sunday.
The court on July 6 had summoned Dainik Bangla's former editor (in charge) Sharifuzzaman Pintu and its reporter Arifuzzaman Tuhin to appear before it on August 27.
The two journalists were summoned by the court after Shafiullah Shafi, former correspondent for Jugantor and Boishakhi TV, filed a defamation case of Tk 100 crore against Pintu and Tuhin. The case was in relation to a report published by Dainik Bangla on January 6 titled "None of Bodi's relatives in list of 255", where Shafi's name was mentioned.
Shafi filed the defamation cause on January 10. Taking the case into its cognisance, the court ordered the officer in charge (OC) of Cox's Bazar Detective Brach (DB) to investigate the case and submit a report.
Following the directive of the OC of DB police, inspector Suzon Kanti Barua investigated the case and submitted a report against the journalists on June 15. After this, the court summoned Pintu and Tuhin to appear before the court on August 27.
Sharifuzzaman Pintu said they are yet to receive any summon order from the court. "We are respectful to the court. We would have appeared before the court had we received the summon order," he said.