High Court orders to take action aginst Alleged journalist Nirjhor within 7 days
The High Court has directed to dispose of the petition of Dr. Kazi Ertaza Hassan against alleged journalist Jawad Nirjhor who is hiding in a foreign country after accusing in the rape case and ‘ Corruption in Meadia’ under his supervision for spreading false news within 7 days. This instruction has been given to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). At the same time, a rule has been issued to those concerned.
A High Court bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman passed the order on Monday. Barrister Nigar Sultana was in favor of the writ petition in the court. Assistant Attorney General Selim Azad was in favour of the state.
According to the information, after being accused in the rape case, Jawad Nirjhor is now hiding himself in the UK. He has also been accused of being involved in a powerful anti-independence clique that continues to conspire with vicious attempts. The purpose of this cycle is to make the country ineffective and a failed state by obstructing the development of the country, disputing the spirit of the war of liberation, defaming the prominent people of the independence movement and destroying the established industries in the country.
The court also issued a rule asking why the defendants' failure to remove, block or ban controversial videos about the country's image from the Jawad Nirjhor’s ‘Corruption in Media’ Facebook page and YouTube channel would not be declared illegal. At the same time, the rule also asked why the failure of the defendants to take legal action against Jawad Nirjhor should not be declared illegal.
Cabinet Secretary, Secretary of the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, Home Secretary, Information Secretary, BTRC, Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Additional Commissioner of Police (CTTC), Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Tejgaon Police Station and Jawad Nirjhor have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
On December 20, Ashraful Bari, Private Secretary of the Dr. Kazi Ertaza Hassan CIP, chairperson of Vorer Pata Group, editor and publisher of the daily Vorer Pata and Daily People's Time, Satkhira district Awami League vice-president and FBCCI director applied to BTRC. Referring to Jawad Nirjhor as a cyber terrorist, the petition said, "Every effort must be made to send a list of these cyber terrorists to Interpol." It is necessary to file a case and order the seizure of property. An arrest warrant has to be sent to the embassy.
But Ashraful Bari filed a writ petition in the High Court after the BTRC did not respond to his application. The High Court gave this instruction along with the rules after the preliminary hearing of the writ petition.