2 sedition cases against Priya Saha dismissed
Published : Sunday, 21 July, 2019 at 6:47 PM Count : 356
Two Dhaka metropolitan magistrates on Sunday dismissed two sedition cases filed against Priya Saha for her controversial comment about minority torture in Bangladesh during a meeting with US President Donald Trump.
Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Sayed Sayedul Haque Sumon filed one case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Ziaur Rahman while Dhaka Bar executive member Ibrahim Khalil filed another case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Sufyan Noman this morning.
But, both the cases were dismissed in the afternoon as those require prior permission from the Home Ministry.
bdnews24.com adds: Magistrate Ziaul Hasan will hear Suman’s case while Khalil’s case will be conducted in Magistrate Abu Sufiyan Md Noman’s court.
Arrest warrants have also been sought against Priya Saha in these cases filed under Section 124 (Ka) of the penal code.
Saha, organising secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, attended a meeting at the White House in Washington on Jul 17.
After identifying herself as a Bangladeshi, she was seen telling Trump, among other things, that 37 million people of minority groups have disappeared from Bangladesh.
Refuting her remarks, the foreign ministry said, Bangladesh is a “beacon” of religious freedom and communal harmony, where people of all faiths have been living in peace for ages.
“As a Bangladeshi national, she has made false, purposeful and treasonous remarks. We must take measures against her and are in the process of doing so,” said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that there is a reason and motive behind her allegations which need to be properly scrutinised.