Barrister Mainul Hosein has been arrested in defamation case, reports News24, a private television channel.
Barrister Mainul, also a former adviser to the caretaker government, was arrested from the residence of ASM Abdur Rab at Uttara in the capital in a defamation case filed in Rangpur on Monday night, confirmed, joint commissioner of DB police Mahbub Alam.
Earlier in the day, two more cases were filed in Cumilla and Bhola against Barrister Mainul Hosein for hurling abusive words at journalist Masuda Bhatti in a television talk show on October 16.
In Cumilla, advocated Subir Nandi filed a case with Senior Judicial Magistrate Court in the afternoon and its Judge Md Sohel Rana set December 23 to hear the case.
In Bhola, Jubo Mohila League convener of district unit Khadiza Akhtar Swapna filed a Tk-50 crore defamation case with Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court.
On Sunday, a Jamalpur Court came up with an arrest warrant against Mainul after Farzana Yasmin Lita, convener of Jamalpur district unit Jubo Mohila League, filed a Tk-20,000 crore defamation case against him.
A Dhaka court also issued warrant for the arrest of Barrister Mainul Hosein as journalist Masuda Bhatti filed a defamation case against him.
Later, the High Court on Sunday granted bail for five months to Barrister Mainul Hosein in two defamation cases after hearing separate petitions filed by him.
According to the case statement, Mainul who was connected to a talk show programme, 'Ekattorer Journal', through a videoconference aired on a private TV channel, Ekattor TV, hosted by Mithila Farzana, made an 'offensive comments' against Masuda Bhatti on October 16.
He tarnished the image of Masuda Bhatti, the statement said.
During the talk show, Masuda Bhatti told Mainul, "You say that you in the Jatiya Oikyafront as a citizen of the country but in social networking sites, many people are saying that you are there as a representative of Jamaat."
Angered by the comment, Mainul said, "I'm thanking you for your audacity and I want to believe you as 'characterless'. There's no question about Jamaat link's with me and what question you have asked is embarrassing for me."