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Onus on parliament

HC says about a petition challenging legality of Murad’s JS membership

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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The High Court (HC) said that it is the responsibility of the Jatiya Sangsad Speaker to determine whether former State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Murad Hassan can continue being a Member of Parliament.

A HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman on Monday came up with the observation following a writ petition challenging the legality of his membership.

The bench also said any aggrieved individual can appeal to the Speaker challenging the JS membership of Murad Hassan.

Earlier, Supreme Court lawyer Md Eunus Ali Akond submitted the petition as public interest litigation to the HC on December 8, a day after Murad resigned from his post as the state minister.

The prime minister asked Murad to step down amid a barrage of criticism for his defamatory and misogynist remarks.

Eunus Ali Akond in his petition said Murad violated his oath as a member of parliament by making the remarks. The SC lawyer also pleaded with the HC to pass necessary directives for conducting a judicial inquiry into Murad’s obscene comments.

Meanwhile, a Dhaka court on Monday rejected a case filed against Dr Murad Hassan and Mohiuddin Helal Nahid under the Digital Security Act.

Judge Mohammad Ash Sams Joglul Hossain of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal turned down the case due to ‘insufficient content to take cognisance of the charges’.

On Sunday, Advocate Omar Farooq Farooqui, former general secretary of Dhaka Bar Association, filed the case at the tribunal on charges of making untoward comments    on former prime minister and BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s granddaughter, Zyma Rahman, during a Facebook live video.

Soon after the comments against Zyma Rahman, an audio clip of a phone conversation began to circulate on social media in which Murad was heard hurling abuses and threatening to rape actor Mahiya Mahi.

The Awami League also stripped the Jamalpur lawmaker of his party post.

On December 9, Murad boarded an Emirates flight to Canada, but he was reportedly denied entry by the immigration authorities at Toronto Airport. Later, he tried to enter Dubai, but had to fly back home on Sunday.