A Manikganj judge has filed a case under controversial section 57 of the ICT Act against a reporter following a news report of a truck rented by the judge obstructing the road and keeping a child from going to the hospital.
Manikganj Senior Assistant Judge Mahbubur Rahman filed the case against Golam Mujtaba Dhruba, a staff correspondent with the online news portal bdnews24.com, on Tuesday.
Judge Mahbubur wrote in the case statement that the reporter manipulated facts in his story and threatened the judge over the phone.
In his article dated on June 11, Dhruba reported that a heated exchange took place between the family of a sick teenage girl and court staffers who refused to move a truck that was blocking the road.
The truck was parked in the Reserved Tank area of the town to move belongings from Judge Mahbubur's place. The family, which lives in a nearby apartment, was trying to take the sick teenager to a hospital on a motorcycle.
Court staffers reportedly told the family that the truck will stay until they are done with moving the belongings of the judge, which prompted the melee.
A case was filed on Sunday against the teenager’s uncle, local Jubo League leader Samiul Alim Rony, by a court staffer.
According to the case statement, unpleasant and apparent aggressive behaviour of the family members prompted Judge Mahbubur to go to the police.
A bdnews24.com spokesperson said that the news was published following all norms and regulations after speaking to all concerned parties.
Section 57, which stipulates that posting any content online that “causes to deteriorate law and order, prejudice the image of the state or person or hurt religious beliefs” is a non-bailable offence punishable with 7-14 years in prison and fines up to Tk1cr.
The law has been widely criticised and also challenged in court.
Last week, senior journalist and Brac University teacher Afsan Chowdhury was charged under the ICT Act for one of his Facebook posts.