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Libel suit against Sayeed Khokon over remarks on Mayor Taposh

  • Published at 04:52 pm January 11th, 2021
Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) & former Mayor Sayeed Khokon
Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), left, and former DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon UNB

Court set to pass an order on Tuesday

Two defamation cases have been filed against former Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon for remarks on his successor Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh.

Advocate Kazi Anisur Rahman and Advocate Sarwar Alam, both members of Dhaka Bar Association, filed the cases with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court on Monday.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Chowdhury recorded the statements of the plaintiffs and fixed Tuesday to give its order.

On Saturday, former Khokon claimed that Taposh was no longer eligible for the office due to corruption.

The former mayor alleged that Taposh has transferred hundreds of crores of taka from the DSCC funds to the Modhumoti Bank "that he owns and invested it to draw profits".

The mayor has violated the City Corporation Act 2009, Khokon said before adding that Taposh should shun corruption himself before looking into the corruption of other DSCC officials.

Taposh, however, brushed off the allegations describing Khokon's remarks as 'insignificant'.

“I don’t want to comment on [Sayeed Khokon’s] personal resentment," he told the media on Sunday.  

On transferring DSCC funds, the mayor said: “All private banks in the country follow the policy of Bangladesh Bank to collect deposits from the public or private agencies and organizations. Madhomati Bank collects deposits as per the policy, just like other banks.

“Collecting deposits from various government agencies or organizations is not illegal,” he added.

On December 8, the DSCC started an eviction drive against illegal shops after it identified nearly 3,500 shops in 21 markets that were extended or built illegally and allocated to traders during the tenure of Sayeed Khokon.

Mobile courts have already demolished several hundred shops at Sundarbans Market and Phulbaria Supermarket.

Mayor Taposh said: “We will continue the ongoing eviction drive against illegal shops in the city corporation markets. No one can obstruct the drive.”

Shop owners and employees have protested the eviction drive.