Acting BNP chairperson Tarique Rahman has sent State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam a legal notice for a controversial remark against him, which claims Tarique has “given up on his nationality by surrendering his passport.”
Tarique's lawyer Barrister Kaiser Kamal sent the notice on behalf of his client by snail mail, confirms the lawyer.
Tarique also sent the notice to the chief editors of Bangla dailies Kaler Kantho and Bangladesh Pratidin, Imdadul Haq Milon and Naem Nizam, respectively, for publishing Shahriar Alam’s remark.
“The notice was served on behalf of Tarique asking to withdraw the statement made by Shahriar Alam which was later published by two national dailies,” said Barrister Kaiser.
According to the notice, Tarique has asked the state minister to withdraw the remark and the editors to run corrigendum in their respective dailies.
“Otherwise, we will be forced to file separate civil suit criminal cases against the trio,” said Kaiser.
Kaiser also said: “Tarique has termed State Minister Shahriar's remark as false and motivated, and he wants a public apology from him within 10 days.”
Rizvi demands proof of Shahriar's statement
Showing solidarity with the party elder, Senior BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has demanded proof of the allegation against Tarique Rahman.
“If Tarique has submitted his passport to the Bangladesh High Commission in London, ask the authorities to present it,” he said during a press conference at the BNP central office on Sunday morning.
An infuriated Rizvi further said: “Shahriar has issued a false statement to destabilize the opposition party and strengthen his political position. This is nothing but a ploy.”
This article was first published on banglatribune.com