Barguna Upazila Nirbahi Officer Gazi Tariq Salman, who was earlier sent to lock-up by the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Barisal in a defamation case out of personal grievance and at the behest of some local politicians, has been transferred as senior assistance secretary at the cabinet division.
An order signed by senior assistant secretary Alia Meher was issued on Monday, transferring him along with some other officials.On July 21, Awami League suspended its Barisal unit religious affairs secretary and district bar association president Obadullah Sazu for suing Gazi Tariq Salman over a trivial issue.
According to the case document, UNO Tariq Salman used a portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman painted by a fifth-grader on an invitation card. Tariq Salman organised a painting competition for schoolchildren and used the portrait of the student who won the first prize. The plaintiff alleged that the portrait was distorted.
The UNO invited wrath of local politicians by expelling a nephew of a lawmaker in the public examinations.
Moreover, the chief judicial magistrate wanted to avenge a notice issued by local administration asking him to pay due rent to the tune of nearly Tk 1 lakh for staying in the government circuit house for months.
However, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu, other policymakers and common people were shocked at the case and arrest of the UNO over the trifling matter.
After his suspension, the plaintiff withdrew the case on July 23, saying that the case was filed out of a misconception.
He was allegedly ignorant of the fact that the portrait was painted by a minor boy.
Meanwhile, the deputy commissioners of two neighbouring districts were withdrawn for their failure to resolve the issue and protect the UNO from harassment.
Bashirul Alam was withdrawn from Barguna while Gazi M Saifuzzaman from Barisal on July 24.
Later, the law ministry sent a letter to the Supreme Court, asking it to transfer the Chief Judicial Magistrate who sent the UNO to lock-up in the case.